Ticket To Adventure

August 26, 2015Field Notes

Last year, our transportation grants provided 70,000 students the opportunity to explore their national parks. Kids were able to experience everything from life on a colonial farm to ancient cliff dwellings in the southwest to the wilderness of mountain trails. 

At Gateway National Recreation Area in New York City, students participated in a service learning project.

At Gateway National Recreation Area in New York City, students participated in a service learning project.

"Ticket to Ride (TTR) funding allowed students to come all summer long to engage in service learning projects aimed at creating park stewards. Students participating in our NPF funded Growing a Wild Brooklyn and Queens were able to come to the park for the first time to collect native plant seeds to grow in their classrooms over the winter for planting in the park this spring. Without TTR funding these classes who had not been involved in Gateway National Recreation Area before would have found it too time consuming and difficult to arrange for bus transportation to and from a park they had never visited before. [Specifically] the Ticket to Ride Grant allowed 70 students from three different housing projects to come to the park by metro bus all summer long engage in a ranger/SCA guided program about sustainable living and creating a more resilient park ecosystem.”   -Park Ranger

To find out more about what adventures this year’s grantees will be embarking on, check out our full list of National Park Service participants here:

Photo credit: Francesca Arato 

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