Much has been written in recent years about the disconnect between the current generation of young people and the natural world, along with concerns that national parks are not seen as relevant by Americans from a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Both issues aren't helped when field trips to parks and other off-site areas are among the first casualties of tight school budgets. One solution is being provided by the National Park Foundation's "Ticket to Ride" grant program.
Point Reyes National Seashore, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park are among 65 NPS areas to receive a 2014 Ticket to Ride grant from the National Park Foundation. The goal of the Ticket to Ride program is to provide efficient transportation support for students to visit our national parks.
"We know that one of the greatest barriers keeping America's youth from visiting their national parks is access to transportation," said Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "Through our Ticket to Ride program, we eliminate that barrier and open up a world of experiential learning in our nation's largest classrooms–our national parks–and help inspire stewardship of these treasured places."
At Point Reyes National Seashore, Ticket to Ride funds supported transportation for 10 recently arrived international refugee children to attend Point Reyes Nature Science Camp and contributed to the cost of bus transportation for 530 San Francisco Bay Area students, teachers, and chaperones to attend School Science Camp.
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