February 04, 2022

Congressman Neguse Announces Grant to Help Colorado Students Access Rocky Mountain National Park

Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse, Chair of the U.S. Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, announced that the National Park Foundation (NPF) will grant funding to Colorado public schools to increase field trips to Rocky Mountain National Park. The funding, administered through NPF’s Open OutDoors for Kids program, will allow Colorado students from all communities and backgrounds to learn about the park’s history, biodiversity, and natural resources.

“Visits to parks like Rocky Mountain National Park form core memories for our kids, helping them explore nature in diverse and beautiful environments while fostering a strong connection to the great outdoors,” said Congressman Joe Neguse, Chair of the U.S. Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands. “I am thrilled to see this program come to Colorado, and I am thankful to the National Park Foundation and all its partners for supporting educators and parents in their endeavor to give unique outdoor experiences to all students.”

The Open OutDoors for Kids grant strives to make national parks more accessible by creating both in-person and virtual field trip opportunities, engaging young students through meaningful, innovative learning experiences in the great outdoors. Of the 92 total grants provided by the NPF, Colorado will receive the grant through The Next Generation Fund for Title I Schools Field Trips in Rocky Mountain National Park, increasing the park’s accessibility for hundreds to thousands of Colorado students. 

Congressman Neguse has long been a champion of sustainable outdoor recreation and the conservation of our country’s national parks. Earlier this year, Neguse succeeded in passing legislation through the House Natural Resources Committee that would complete the Continental Divide Trail and boost mountain economies. Moreover, Neguse introduced the bipartisan, bicameral BOLT Act, which seeks to expand outdoor recreation opportunities by promoting biking on federal lands across the United States.