Parks as Classrooms

Connecting Teacher Training Programs with National Parks

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The National Park Foundation recognizes that sometimes the smallest grants can make the largest differences.

In 1992, NPF launched the National Parks as Classrooms (PAC) education program. Parks as Classrooms developed a model collaboration between San Francisco State University and Golden Gate National Recreation Area to help new teachers develop inquiry and place-based programming in national parks. Teachers were provided free curriculum materials, field trip ideas, and workshops for students. The elementary to high school-aged students were able to make connections to real world issues in national parks while also enjoying the outdoors.

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