Bringing Disadvantaged Kids to Cabrillo National Monument

Bus driver participating in a Ticket to Ride program waves to the camera
The National Parks Foundation supports Cabrillo's Native People Education Program which funds student transportation and subsidizes cost for national parks.

Cabrillo National Monument tells the story of 16th century exploration and preserves the Old Point Loma Lighthouse which has been safely guiding mariners into the harbor since 1855.Once the home of the Kumeyaay Indians, the park is rich in natural resources both on land and in the water and contains remnants of the military's coastal defense system.

The park brought 600 students from the San Diego Unified School District to participate in the park's free 'Native Plants, Native People' education program. Public schools are increasingly unable to afford the cost of transportation to the park, which disproportionately affects students from schools in disadvantaged areas.

Since 2011, the National Park Foundation has awarded more than $745,000 through 109 grants to nearly 90 different parks across the country, providing transportation funding for 100,000 students. Many of these students have never before visited a national park.

Ticket to Ride allows teachers to connect their students with national parks in an environment that encourages place-based learning in hands-on, meaningful ways.