Connecting Youth Through Education
- Create a public-private learning community of national park education program providers to:
- Identify strategic opportunities (administrative, legislative) to connect directly with schools (students and teachers) and leverage resources to reach 25 percent of America’s schoolchildren
- Present a compelling first voice case that speaks to the full potential of national parks as educational assets
- Learn from one another to scale and replicate successful efforts around program delivery and educational technology
- Interface with the leadership of the NPS and bridge the relevant functional areas of the National Park Service (natural resources, cultural resources, interpretation, partnerships)
- Integrate resources from the public and private sectors to expand successful National Park education programs like Teacher-Ranger-Teacher (teachers spend their summer in national parks helping with curriculum and interpretation) and bring that experience back to their school community and their students. Teacher-Ranger-Teacher presents a natural opportunity to scale – if you captivate a teacher you can reach every student they teacher in their career.
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What Do You Think?
Help us shape an action plan for the national parks’ second century. Please let us know whether we captured the right actions from the summit discussions and whether any are missing. Also please indicate which actions are of the highest priority and which actions the group you represent is willing to take on as a priority.
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