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

Grand Teton National Park has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania to design and install green roofs on... read more

Grand Teton National Park Impact Grant

An Impact Grant allowed the Lakeshore to engage a professional Anishinabe Native American birch bark canoe builder to... read more

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Impact 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

In order to better connect with the surrounding Fresno community, the parks created and installed permanent and... read more

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park America's Best Idea Grant

This Impact Grant targeted the first phase of a multi-part project to upgrade the availability and reliability of near-... read more

Shenandoah National Park Impact Grant

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