In finding a way to engage a generation more interested in screens than natural sceneries, the U.S. park system has the opportunity to evolve into a more active influential social institution.
The National Park Service (NPS) is looking for a few good kids.
Actually, when push comes to shove, they’re looking for a lot of them. With the 100th anniversary of the NPS approaching in 2016, there’s a growing realization that if America’s national parks are going to remain viable, they need to remain relevant to young people, urban residents and other “under-engaged” populations.
In an effort to reverse the trend, NPF recently announced $465,000 in grants designed to “connect diverse, underserved and under-engaged populations with America’s national parks.”
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Photo credit: Children play on the beach at Padre Island National Seashore, which is the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world and part of the U.S. National Park Service. Terry Ross / Flickr