The National Park Foundation (NPF)’s ParkVentures program supports equity-focused outdoor leaders and organizations. Through ParkVentures, NPF provides grants for programs and activities that help people create and strengthen life-long relationships with national parks, with a focus on communities that have been historically excluded from parks and may not feel a sense of belonging in the outdoors.
Through ParkVentures, NPF is investing in leaders and organizations who have long been removing barriers and bringing people together for joy-filled and meaningful experiences outdoors. This program supports the National Park Service's mission by expanding access to the outdoors and connecting more people to the benefits of nature.
NPF's ParkVentures program addresses obstacles that hinder communities from having full and enduring connections to parks, such as not feeling welcome or safe in national parks, lack of representation, or lack of accessibility to information, recreational resources, or interpretive stories. The program supports projects such as developing guide information with up-to-date accessibilty details for trails, creating more affinity spaces for individuals with shared identities, and bringing multigenerational families together outside.
Explore the full list of NPF ParkVentures grantees for fiscal year 2022.
Camping to Connect
Camping to Connect is an outdoor learning and mentorship initiative led by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) for young men of BIPOC communities living in inner cities. Participants enjoy daylong and overnight journeys to parks such as Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to learn fundamental camping and survival skills, while also exploring core values like leadership, cooperation, camaraderie, brotherhood, and accomplishment.
Additional support provided by American Airlines, EVOLVE Plant-Based Protein, method, Niantic, and Sun Outdoors.