Connecting Kids to the Nature That Abounds Within Our National Parks
The youth educational programs within each of our national parks immerse kids in the wonders of the natural world. Students find themselves wading into the sawgrass prairies of the wetlands, sifting through sand or zipping off by boat to a far off Florida key to learn about ecosystems and habitats, food chains, adaptation, human impact and restoration, giving them a chance to connect their classroom teachings to the real world.
Best of all, the curriculum is tailored for each audience. No two lessons are exactly alike, which allows for the potential continued participation as children progress from second grade through high school. This evolving and continuous relationship between students and the national parks builds a deeper understanding of the world, as well as a profound sense of stewardship.
In 2020, we even expanded the ways in which the parks are able to reach students. What was once a solely in-park experience transitioned into a fully virtual program that teachers can stream directly into the classroom – doubling the number of children some parks were able to reach. In the future, a mix of in-park and virtual teachings will be available to maintain this same amazing momentum.