Our goal is to reach 3 million underserved students across 30 American cities by Spring 2015. This fully integrated educational program will inspire new generations of Americans to embrace the national parks experience as they grow; some to become future stewards of our parks. Our success depends on sponsorship support from our members, partners, corporations, and friends groups.  Please join us and together we will change the way young underserved Americans view themselves and their world.

Working with Young Minds Inspired, one of the nation’s leading developers of school curricula, and the Student and Youth Travel Association, the NPPC is seeking sponsors to underwrite the development of middle school training aids and lesson plans that focus on the national parks as providing real examples of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects. A select group of students will be taken to local national parks at the conclusion of the classroom experience.  SYTA and the SYTA Foundation will be proudly managing this program for the NPPC. The program pilot is dedicated to inspiring 3 million underserved children in need of STEM materials and involves their relating national park visits and studies to these core learning objectives.

For sponsorship information please contact Sue Cronin, 203.256.8402, scronin@nationalparksonline.org.

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Shelton Johnson, Ranger, Yosemite National Park

“The underserved children in America suffer from what John Muir called ‘beauty hunger’, an innate spiritual, psychological, and physical craving for the sublime, the transcendent, that cannot be fully satisfied by any human craft or invention.
Our kids hunger for something they’ve never tasted, a soul food that cannot be found in any city or town.
“In our national parks, our children discover what was lost. By breathing deep in a forest they can truly experience respiration. By watching the light of mountains they can fully experience sight. By listening to birds waking the world at dawn they can begin to comprehend the miracle of sound. Only when they touch the earth will they feel the depth of their own nature.
“This is how they become human beings. This is how we save the world.”

Shelton Johnson, Ranger, Yosemite National Park, as of 2010. As of that year, he had worked in Yosemite for 17 years of his 24 year career. He began his career in Yellowstone National Park in 1987.


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