We do not inherit the
earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from
our children.
- Native American Wisdom

Friends Receives $25,000 Grant from the National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation (NPF) announced its fiscal year 2023 investment in service corps programs across the country, including $25,000 to support the Next Generation Ranger Corps Internship Program at Saguaro National Park.
 
Through its Communities and Workforce initiative, NPF is supporting service corps organizations that engage young adults and veterans in projects that address climate change, disaster response, conservation, historic preservation, disaster response, recreation, and community needs. Service corps programs also provide on-the-job training for members, facilitate connections to parks, help inspire a sense of belonging, and create more opportunities for people from all walks of life to experience careers in the outdoors.
 
"The NextGen Program is transformational and provides participants with mentoring, training, skill building, and leadership development to pursue careers at federal land management agencies," said Fred Stula, Executive Director of Friends of Saguaro National Park. "In addition to increasing the capacity throughout Saguaro National Park to complete vital activities and protect the park for future generations. Since the creation of the program in 2015, it has has eighty participants; seventy-four percent were women, fifty-nine percent were from underrepresented communities, seventy-two percent achieved Public Land Corps hiring authority, ninety-five percent of graduates work in the environmental field, twenty-eight graduates work for federal land management agencies across the country, and fourteen graduates work at Saguaro National Park." 
 
“Service corps open the door to a world of opportunities to gain leadership skills and give back to national parks,” said Will Shafroth, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “The National Park Foundation and our partners are proud to support programs that make lasting positive impacts for both parks and people.”
 
The National Park Foundation is investing more than $4.1 million in service corps programs in fiscal year 2023, including support from Communities and Workforce program partners Carhartt, Winnebago and Winnebago Industries Foundation, and partners Nature Valley, Apple, REI Co-op, American Express, Free People, and Publix Super Markets. Additional funding is provided by The JPB Foundation, Annie and Kevin Parker, and many other donors. Select projects are also being leveraged with federal funds that were authorized and appropriated for the National Park Foundation under the 2016 National Park Service Centennial Act (PL 114-289).
 
Since 2018, including fiscal year 2023, the National Park Foundation has granted more than $15 million to over 180 service corps crews.
 
Learn more about NPF’s efforts to inspire and diversify the next generation of park leaders and grow the capacity of park partners through programs such as service corps.