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Nonprofit partner organizations work in cooperation with the National Park Service to provide high-quality educational experiences. Instructors draw upon their expertise as professional scientists, authors, historians, artists and adventurers to unravel the intricacies of our national parks. Courses range from one-day field seminars to multi-day backcountry experiences.

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    Schoodic Education and Research Center Institute

    The SERC Institute co-manages SERC with Acadia National Park. Explore »

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    Alaska Geographic

    Your Connection to Alaska's Parks, Forests and Refuges Explore »

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    Denali Education Center

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  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Alaska Geographic

    Alaska Geographic

    Alaska Geographic’s hands-on courses are set in Alaska’s wildest classrooms – our spectacular national parks, forests, and refuges. Accredited by the University of Alaska, courses are designed for adults, families, and teachers. Courses range from two to eight days and are held throughout the state. Alaska Geographic's core purpose is to support Alaska’s parks, forests, and refuges—and to help you connect to these remarkable landscapes.

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park

    Day Programs

    Day programs allow students to explore ecology, natural and Ohio history, in either the Cuyahoga Valley National Park or in their own classrooms. Programs are provided for a wide age range of students from public school districts, independent and private schools, daycare centers and preschools.

  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Denali Education Center

    Denali Education Center

    Denali Education Center connects people to Denali through fun, informative, and inspiring programs that help build lifelong friendships, lasting memories, and a sense of connection to nature. A non-profit educational partner of Denali National Park and Preserve since 1989, they serve visitors and residents of all ages with multi-day programs on their campus, day programs, multi-day field trips, research grants, and special events.

  • Yellowstone National Park

    Expedition: Yellowstone!

    Expedition: Yellowstone!

    This 4-5 day curriculum-based program is offered for students in grades 4-8. Classes learn about the natural and cultural history of Yellowstone, investigate current issues affecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and promote stewardship and preservation in the park and in home communities. Emphasis is on learning through direct experience in the outdoors. Students participate with teachers and parent chaperones in hikes, field investigations, discussions, and journal writing.

  • Glacier National Park

    Glacier Institute-Field Camps, Classes, and Discovery School

    Glacier Institute-Field Camps, Classes, and Discovery School

    The Glacier Institute is a private nonprofit and provides an objective and science-based understanding of the area’s ecology and it’s interaction with people. Discovery School is a 1-3 day outdoor education program designed for grades K-12 at Big Creek Education Center. Curriculum-based studies in aquatic ecology, fire ecology, forestry and other outdoor subjects in the Flathead National Forest and Glacier National Park meet MT state standards for math and science. Take the classroom outside!

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Grand Canyon Field Institute

    Grand Canyon Field Institute

    Grand Canyon Field Institute (GCFI) offers a selection of exciting educational programs in Grand Canyon National Park. GCFI’s expert educators lead day hikes, rim-based learning adventures, and overnight backpacking treks that cover a range of wilderness, science, and history topics. Programs are appropriate for a variety of ages, fitness levels, and group sizes. GCFI is the educational arm of Grand Canyon Association, the official partner of Grand Canyon National Park.

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Grand Canyon in Focus

    Grand Canyon in Focus

    During the Grand Canyon in Focus summer program, park rangers and Udall Foundation's Parks in Focus scholars guide Boys & Girls Club members on the hiking and photography adventure of a lifetime. Club members in grades 6 through 8 learn the fundamentals of nature photography while exploring one of the most unique landforms on Earth. This program is offered by Grand Canyon National Park and the Morris K. Udall Foundation (Udall Foundation).

  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Grand Inspiration

    Grand Inspiration

    During the Grand Inspiration summer expedition, high school youth discover the beauty of Grand Canyon while rafting the Colorado River. Park rangers, outdoor guides, and professional artists lead participants in writing, drawing, painting, photographing, and exploring the wild landscapes of the canyon. Youth finish the trip on the South Rim to assemble an exhibit of their work. This program is managed by Grand Canyon Youth in partnership with Grand Canyon National Park.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

    Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

    Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is a residential environmental learning center located in the national park. Tremont offers workshops and programs for everyone, from teachers to grade school children to Road Scholar groups. Special programs for teachers, such as Teacher Escape Weekends and Science Teacher Institutes, will help you improve your teaching skills while enjoying the beauty of the park.

  • Mount Rainier National Park

    Mount Rainier Institute

    Mount Rainier Institute

    Mount Rainier Institute provides outstanding nature-based education experiences that are rooted in science and nurture the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders. School overnight programs immerse students in a rich learning environment where they explore the natural world, develop a connection to nature, and build community.