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National Park Foundation Parks Climate Challenge Program Returns for a Third Year

April 13, 2012 By: Danielle Stepongzi

Since 2009, the National Park Foundation's Parks Climate Challenge program has used national parks as classrooms to educate students through funding and facilitation. Via a hands-on, science-based field curriculum, students deepen their understanding of climate change and their connection to the national parks.

The program first connects with teachers, giving them the tools necessary to create an engaging climate change curriculum. The program provides the educators with both in-person training and online resources to develop hands-on service projects, dynamic lesson plans and the ability to incorporate national park experiences, both within and outside the boundaries of the national parks.

The grant recipients in the 2012 Parks Climate Challenge program include:

Glacier National Park,  Montana
Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin
Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, D.C.

Through the generous support of the Inner Spark Foundation and individual donor contributions the Parks Climate Challenge Program is made possible in partnership with the National Park Service an the National Park Foundation.

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By Danielle Stepongzi | April 13, 2012
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America's nearly 400 national parks which are home to 84 million acres of memorials, landscapes, ecosystems and historic sites.