An Invaluable Partner
Great Basin National Park Foundation (the Foundation) is the official non-profit partner of Great Basin National Park. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance, preserve, and interpret the starry night skies, wide-open scenery, cultural heritage, and diverse native ecosystems of Great Basin National Park.
The Foundation strives to cultivate the next generation of Great Basin stewards through a variety of educational programs. For schools located in the counties surrounding Great Basin National Park, the Foundation leads classroom programs and field trips. For schools across the country, the Foundation offers a library of lesson plans as well as virtual programs.
Astronomy & the Great Basin Observatory
Eighty percent of Americans cannot see the Milky Way from where they live because of light polluted skies. The Foundation supports Great Basin National Park’s Dark Sky Initiative and International Dark Sky Park status by purchasing park telescopes, funding specialized park astronomy interns and supporting park astronomy programs, such as the Astronomy Festival and the Star Train.
Conservation, Preservation, and Park Visitor Experience
The Foundation helps the park in its mission to “to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.” From supporting park infrastructure, to science, to artist-in-residence programs, to park visitor experience, and more, the Foundation provides a pathway of philanthropic support for Great Basin National Park.
Last updated: September 27, 2023