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

Working with the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, the park delivered climate change education training to... read more

Great Smoky Mountains Park Climate Challenge

Acadia National Park is currently working to complete a public demonstration project to replace outdoor lighting at... read more

Acadia National Park Impact Grant

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

A Carousel Ride...50 Years In The Making

The Zion National Park Green Fleet Bicycle Project was initiated to encourage using bicycles for short trips within and... read more

Zion National Park Impact Grant

This Impact Grant provided training for college students participating in service-learning projects on college breaks... read more

Grand Canyon National Park Impact Grant