Breaking Down Barriers so Youth Can Visit Our Parks

Inside a bus filled with kids
One of the greatest barriers preventing our youth from experiencing the national parks around them is transportation.

The goal of the Ticket to Ride program is to provide efficient transportation support for over 100,000 students to visit our national parks. Once in the parks, a world of learning begins as young people discover their natural, cultural and historical heritage, participate in volunteer and service-learning activities, enjoy recreational opportunities and most importantly, begin a lifelong relationship with their national parks.

Last year, Ticket to Ride Grantees brought more than 70,000 students to national parks across the country. 

“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

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