(Washington, D.C.) –Today the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, announced it has awarded $131,000 to 11 national parks across the country through its Impact Grants program. Now in its sixth year, the Impact Grants program provides national parks with the critical financial support they need to transform innovative, yet underfunded, ideas into successful in-park programs and initiatives.
"These grants will allow our parks to preserve park resources, reach new audiences, and foster the next generation of national park stewards," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "We are grateful for the continuing support of the National Park Foundation in providing funding to bring these original program ideas to fruition."
"In a time when national park budgets have been tightened exponentially, these Impact Grants make an enormous difference," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "Leveraging the grants, parks are able to strengthen their interpretation and education programs, improve the visitor experience, and further engage with their surrounding communities."
Ranging in size and scope, each of the selected parks demonstrated a clear need in which funding would make a profound difference. Among the 2013 Impact Grants recipients are:
- Cape Cod National Seashore
- Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
- Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area
- Hampton National Historic Site
- Longfellow House--Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
- Moores Creek National Battlefield
- New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
- Salem Maritime National Historic Site
- Yosemite National Park
- River Raisin National Battlefield Park
The National Park Foundation wishes to thank ARAMARK through the Yawkey Foundation and The Fernandez Pave the Way Foundation, Inc. for their generous support of the Impact Grants program.
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