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Yellowstone National Park Receives 2013 "Ticket To Ride" Grant From The National Park Foundation

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Date: June 5, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
June 5, 2013                13-044    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Yellowstone National Park Receives 2013 “Ticket To Ride” Grant From The National Park Foundation

Yellowstone National Park has been selected to receive a 2013 “Ticket to Ride” grant from the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks, for Yellowstone’s Connecting Native American Youth to Yellowstone program. The NPF “Ticket to Ride” program, supported by a grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, helps students explore the outdoors by providing transportation and program support to national parks around the country.

Now in its second year and with continued support from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and Disney Friends for Change, “Ticket to Ride” provides financial resources for transportation, in-park educational programming, and meals that make national park field trips possible for schools across the country. The grant from Disney will help more than 60,000 students to experience location-based learning in their local national parks this year. Disney is committed to connecting kids to nature, ensuring they appreciate and understand the beauty and value of our natural resources.

Funding will help provide bus transportation for most of the 300 students and 65 teachers/chaperones from tribal schools who will participate in Expedition: Yellowstone! , a curriculum-based education program for grades 4 – 8, or in a ranger-led Yellowstone Field Trip program from May 2013 through April 2014. The Yellowstone Park Foundation, the park’s primary fundraiser, will support full or partial scholarships for many of the students participating in the Expedition Yellowstone! program.

Schools partnering with Yellowstone include: St. Francis Indian School from South Dakota; Wyoming Indian Elementary School; Plenty Coups High School, Pryor Middle School, De La Salle Blackfeet School, Hardin Intermediate School, Hardin Middle School, Crow Agency School, and Lame Deer School from Montana.

For many students, the “Ticket to Ride” field trip will be their first visit to a national park. Welcoming Native American youth to the lands their ancestors walked upon will serve to strengthen relationships between Yellowstone and its associated tribes. By engaging youth in healthy outdoor physical activities and hands-on, place-based, interactive learning, the park hopes to open the doors to future stewardship and preservation of ecosystems in and beyond the Park, as well as to reinforce the cultural and historical value of the tribal contributions to this landscape.

For information about the National Park Foundation go to www.nationalparks.org. For information about the Yellowstone Park Foundation go to www.ypf.org.

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