Current and Past Grantees


2016 National Parks Centennial Celebration

Summer 2016

Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project
Fiscal Sponsor: Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
For Community Field Trip for Youth and Families of Color from East Oakland to Celebrate our National Parks’ Centennial
To lead a community field trip to John Muir Woods in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to introduce low income East Oakland youth and their families to celebrate and experience the National Parks Centennial.

California Native Plant Society
For The Joshua Tree Workshop
To support a Fall 2016 Centennial-focused, two-day workshop at Joshua Tree National Park focused on the Joshua tree and its associated desert habitat that will highlight the role the National Parks Service plays in preserving this ancient species and its iconic landscapes

California Safe Schools
Fiscal Sponsor: Community Partners
For California Safe Schools Nurturing Students with Nature
To provide low income children from the LA Unified School District and their families direct nature experience via Summer 2016 Centennial celebration-focused field trips to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment
For Bridge the Gap! Kern County Communities Celebrate the National Parks
To support an August 2016 Centennial-focused field trip, with bilingual guides, to Yosemite National Park, for low income Kern County residents who have never been able to visit the park before. Co-sponsored with the Leadership Center for Justice and Accountability (see below).

City Project
Fiscal Sponsor: Community Partners
For NPS Centennial Celebration Hike in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
To support a Centennial celebration hike in the proposed “Rim of the Valley” expansion of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, providing community outreach and engagement; transportation; interpretive materials and programming; and food and drinks for participants from low-income communities of color in Los Angeles.

Community Hiking Club
For Centennial Celebration Community Art Show in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
To support a community art show celebrating the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

For Leaf Hiking Series 2016: Celebrating the Centennial At Yosemite National Park
To support 20+ high school students of color from EarthTeam’s 2016 Sustainable Youth Internships program to participate in a camping trip to Yosemite in August 2016 for the Park’s official Centennial Celebrations for. Campers will participate in special events organized by the park staff and make presentations about their experiences at their high schools after the school year begins.

Family YMCA of the Desert
For A Centennial Celebration: Connecting Coachella Valley Youth with Joshua Tree
To introduce low-income youth who attend public schools in the Coachella Valley and their families to the natural and cultural wonders of Joshua Tree National Park through a series of interpretive hikes.

Joshua Tree National Park Association
For The Joshua Tree National Park Centennial Symposiums/Exhibit at Hi Desert Nature Museum
To host The Joshua Tree Centennial Symposiums, a series of six community-focused events at nearby Copper Mountain College, and a Joshua Tree Centennial exhibit at the Hi Desert Nature Museum.

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
Fiscal Sponsor: Tides Center
For Bridge the Gap! Celebrate NPS Centennial with Communities
To support an August 2016 Centennial-focused field trip, with bilingual guides, to Yosemite National Park, for low income Kern County residents who have never been able to visit the park before. Co-sponsored with the Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment (see above).

Desert Discovery Center
For NPS Centennial & Old Spanish Trail Day Festival
To host the National Parks Centennial & Old Spanish Trail Day, a festival that celebrates the Mojave National Preserve, and looks at measures to preserve these areas for future generations to enjoy through recreation and tourism.

Mojave Desert Land Trust
For Centennial Excursion & Hike: A Community Celebration of the Mojave National Preserve and Castle Mountains National Monument
To celebrate the Centennial by gathering community members together for an overnight tour of the most remote, newest NPS lands in the California desert.

Morongo Basin Conservation Association
For Indigenous Space, Place, and Presence: Tribal Relationships to Joshua Tree
To support descendants of Serrano, Chemehuevi, and other Native American tribes to return to their most sacred site, the Oasis of Mara, now the Joshua Tree National Park Oasis Visitor Center to celebrate the importance of the oasis and the park itself to their culture and history.

Mojave National Preserve Conservancy
Fiscal Sponsor: Community Foundation of Riverside and San Bernardino County
For Mojave National Preserve Centennial Star Party: Protect the dark, protect the park
To support a Centennial celebration Star Party and related events for community members.

Pinnacles Partnership
For Centennial Pinnacles Climber Appreciation Days
To support Centennial- focused service days that will bring the rock climbing community to Pinnacles National Park to participate in trail/climbing route maintenance and safety activities in partnership with Park staff.

Point Reyes National Seashore Association
For Locals Night at the Seashore
To connect local west Marin County “gateway” communities more closely with the National Park Service staff who manage the Point Reyes National Seashore through a series of Centennial-focused events.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
For California Indian Festival
To celebrate the coastal and Channel Islands populations of California Indians during Native American Heritage month by providing the local community with a chance to connect with Channel Islands National Park and the cultural heritage of its native inhabitants.

Western National Parks AssociationFor Western National Parks Center Los Angeles Ribbon-Cutting Event
To support the opening of the new Western National Parks Center Los Angeles, celebrating the NPS centennial with a community event that will be part of the official celebration of the City of Los Angeles’ 235th birthday.

Merced Union High School District
For YHS Yosemite Stewards Centennial Backpacking Trip
To support low income students from the Yosemite High School Alternative Education program on an overnight backpacking trip into Yosemite National Park with YNP Rangers and UC Merced Yosemite Leadership Program students and staff.


Spring 2016

29 Palms Artists Guild
For Sand to Stone: Contemporary Native American Art in Joshua Tree
$ 3,500
To create a late April multidisciplinary art project that centers on an area of specific cultural significance to four of the tribes (Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, Mojave, and Serrano) affiliated with Joshua Tree National Park.

Art of Survival Century
Fiscal Sponsor: Malin Community Service Club
For Art of Survival Century Bicycle Ride
$ 2,500
To support the May 28, 2016, 100-mile-bike ride from TuleLake CA to Klamath Falls OR to celebrate Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of the National Park Service.

Cuesta College Foundation
For First-Time Backpacking Experience for Low-Income Students
For Centennial-celebration focused backpacking trips to Yosemite or other iconic California national parks as course activities for low-income Cuesta College students, who would not able to afford to take part otherwise.

Friends of the Inyo
For Citizen Science and Stewardship for the National Park Service Centennial at Devils Postpile National Monument
To celebrate the NPS Centennial with a series of citizen science and volunteer stewardship projects taking place from June-September in Devils Postpile National Monument.

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
For Packing the Parks, A Centennial Adventure
$ 4,000
To support a four-day July 201 backpacking trip in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area for 60-70 low-income Bay Area youth, which will culminate in a July 24 public celebration at Crissy Field in San Francisco.

Joshua Tree National Parks Council for the Arts
For Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition
$ 4,000
To support a September 27-28 Centennial celebration art exposition that highlights the relationship between artists and Joshua Tree National Park.

Lassen Park Foundation
For Volcano Adventure Camp Dedication and Centennial Celebration
$ 5,000
To dedicate the new Volcano Adventure Camp f for youth camping with an August 9 ribbon cutting ceremony, followed by a festival of stewardship displays, activities, barbeque lunch, and music  and celebrate the park’s 100th anniversary.

Outdoor Afro
For Outdoor Afro National Leadership: Celebrating the NPS Centennial African Heritage in Yosemite National Park
$ 2,500
To bring together Outdoor Afro’s 65 national leaders its national leadership training and summit at Yosemite National Park, with the National Park Service’s Centennial at the heart of the celebration.

Redwood Parks Association
For Redwood Cycle Fest in Redwood National and State Parks
$ 5,000
To provide support for September 24-25 Centennial activities in Redwood National and State Parks and adjacent public park lands, including the Redwood Cycle Fest, which will celebrate redwoods and cycling through interpretive, family-friendly activities, and mountain bike races.

Sierra Institute for Community & Environment
For P-CREW Volcano Adventure Camp Work Days
$ 3,500
To support 12 Plumas Conservation Restoration and Education in Watershed interns, low income youth from the urban Bay Area and rural Butte, Lassen and Plumas Counties to work with the Lassen Park Foundation to turn an aging campground into the Volcano Adventure Camp (VAC), to ensure that Lassen National Park has camp facilities for under-served youth.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park
For  Turtle Bay Exploration Park Centennial Exhibition: Find Your Park
$ 3,000
To support Find Your Park, an October 2016- January 2017 Centennial-focused exhibition about the National Parks of far northern California (and southern Oregon) sponsored by Turtle Bay Park, the National Park Service and the Shasta Historical Society.

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