National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) is partnering with No Barriers Youth to host two fully-funded Every Kid in a Park programs in Spring 2018.

This year, No Barriers Youth and NPS staff sought out a new National Park Unit to host our Climate Change Academy for 2018. After much consideration we have selected Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (SEKI) to host our two programs this year.


The Every Kid in a Park events offered under this initiative will provide diverse youth with experiential learning opportunities related to climate change in national park units. Together, NPS and No Barriers Youth will engage high school and 4th grade students in an exploration of local ecological issues, equipping students with tools to understand and help solve this important global challenge.


Program Information

  • In January-March 2018, the high school students and the entire 4th grade from each of the selected elementary schools will participate in preparatory curriculum related to the national park unit they will visit.
  • In the late spring (April-May 2018), the selected 15-20 high school students from each school will participate in a retreat at the selected national park unit near their school for three days and two nights.
  • During the final day of each high school retreat, the entire 4th grade from each elementary school will travel to the selected national park unit near their school for a day of activities led by the high school leaders.
  • After the retreats, all four schools will conduct a service project that addresses issues of climate change in their communities.

Learn More

To learn more about the new White House youth initiative to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture, visit: Open OutDoors for Kids part of the National Park Foundation

The Partnership Between NBY and the NPS

While No Barriers Youth strives to help young people find their place in the world, the National Park Service provides inspirational settings for the exploration, discovery, and contemplation it takes to get there. One of NBY’s most successful methods for achieving its mission is to engage youth in learning about environmental issues while also providing the opportunity to make personal connections to the natural world. Through previous projects developed in partnership with NPS, these experiences have often taken place in national parks units. NBY, therefore, is committed to a continued partnership with the National Park Service that meshes the missions of both organizations.

For further information or questions you may have, email Mariah Nelson at