Key to the Future

Presidents, homesteaders, and newly-freed slaves valued learning. All knew the importance of schools for the future of our communities and our country. Reflect on the simple beginnings of a one-room schoolhouse. Remember the institutions that were at the center of the Civil Rights movement. Discover stories of schools and education in the national parks.

Map of the United States showing all units of the National Park System

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Looking to visit a park? Discover the parks where you can learn more.

Last updated: September 22, 2017