Inspiring The Next Generation

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 national parks as places of 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.

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Programs that Inspire

Inspiring The Next Generation Success Stories

As part of the Park Stewards program, students had an amazing first visit to ... read more

A Carousel Ride...50 Years In The Making

As part of the Park Stewards program, local high school students are contributing to an on-going scientific database that... read more

Badlands National Park Park Stewards

Through an America’s Best Idea Grant, in partnership with Univision and South Florida National Parks Trust, Everglades... read more

Everglades National Park America's Best Idea Grant

Cabrillo National Monument tells the story of 16th century exploration and preserves the Old Point Loma Lighthouse which... read more

Bringing Kids to Cabrillo National Monument

Yellowstone National Park sent staff to improve their crosscut saw maintenance and sharpening skills through the help of... read more

Yellowstone National Park Impact Grant