Programs that Inspire

The future of our parks depends on the stewardship of the next generation. That's why we are committed to inspiring our children and grandchildren to love and support our national parks.

How We Help

The national parks serve as some of our nation’s most dynamic classrooms and centers for active learning for all ages. From science to the arts, service learning to teacher training, America’s national parks teach invaluable lessons about our planet, our history, and ourselves. These incredible places, and all that they offer beyond the boundaries of the national parks, are the catalysts for inspiring a new generation of park enthusiasts. The National Park Foundation is dedicated to utilizing these powerful learning environments that can provide in-depth, real-world learning experiences, to nurture a deep connection between the next generation and America's national parks.

The National Park Foundation is:

  • Bringing over 30,000 students to national parks this year through its Ticket To Ride program.
  • Working with teachers in all 50 states to embrace Parks as Classrooms and centers for active learning.
  • Making a difference, with over $3.5M provided to national parks through education grants and programs in the last three years.

How You Can Help

Inspiring the next generation of park stewards is a responsibility that belongs to all of us. Learn how you can make an impact by clicking here.

The Programs

Grasses along a rocky coast

Giving Students the Chance to Visit National Parks from Their Schools

Electronic Field Trips give students the opportunity to learn about a particular topic through national parks they may never get a chance to visit...
Kids with Fort Sumter historian

Connecting Diverse and Underserved Communities with Our National Parks

“The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” premiered on PBS in September 2009. The America’s Best Idea program connected diverse, underserved and...
Child climbing at Obed WSR

Building and Preserving Trails to Get People Outside

The Active Trails program promoted healthy lifestyles while simultaneously protecting and enhancing these precious land and water trail resources...
Saguaro at dusk
Active Trails

Nighttime Adventures in Saguaro

Through NPF's Active Trails program, Saguaro National Park's Pedals and Parks program utilized creative methods to bring kids, youth, and their...
Crowds of People on Sandy Hook Beach at Gateway NRA

Helping protect the New York and New Jersey coasts.

Gateway is a 26,000 acre recreation area located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area. The park extends through three New York City...
Three people at Saguaro National Park

Helping Youth Inspire Others

For many of us the Giant Saguaro cactus, silhouetted by the setting sun, is the universal symbol of the American West. And yet, these majestic plants...
Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet

Jazz Music and History Preserved in New Orleans

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park was established to celebrate the origins and evolution of America's most widely recognized indigenous...
Reenactors tending to a cannon

Brownfield to America's 393rd National Park—Exploring & Monitoring Park Environmental Health

Brownfield to America's 393rd National Park—Exploring & Monitoring Park Environmental Health is a partnership with Ecorse Community High School...
Electronic field trip in Saguaro National Park
Electronic Field Trip

Saguaro National Park Electronic Field Trip

An Electronic Field Trip to Saguaro National Park allows you to visit this iconic national park to learn more about the Sonoran Desert and its...
Youth with a park ranger

Saguaro National Park BioBlitz

During the first year of the Park Stewards Program, underserved high school students from AmeriSchools College Preparatory Academy (ACPA) in Tucson...
A green summer landscape with a lake

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site Student Engagement

Students from Stevens High School participated in two authentic resource management and monitoring activities: 1. In the fall semester, students...
The entrance to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Salem Maritime National Historic Site Maritime Math

Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Essex National Heritage Area partnered with Lowell's Boat Shop and Amesbury High School to implement...
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