National Park Foundation and University of Phoenix Award Grants to Eighteen National Parks to Engage Next Generation of National

 National Park Foundation and University of Phoenix Award Grants to Eighteen
      National Parks to Engage Next Generation of National Park Stewards

Teachers and student interns to participate in Foundation's Park Stewards
youth-focused service-learning program

PR Newswire


PHOENIX and WASHINGTON, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Today, the National Park
Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America's national parks, and
University of Phoenix^® announced the 2013 Park Stewards program grant
recipients. Now in their second year of program sponsorship, the University
provided $187,000 in program funding to the National Park Foundation to help
high school teachers and their students across the country build a deeper
connection and sense of stewardship for their national parks through
curriculum and service learning projects.


"This innovative program provides critical support and access to teachers so
that parks nationwide can be utilized as the living classrooms they are," said
Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "Through
this unique collaboration, and subsequent development of rich, relevant
curriculum, the Park Stewards teachers create a life-long connection to
America's national parks for their students."

"Whether through school fieldtrips to parks, virtual visits or curricula
developed in parks, national parks are natural learning environments," said
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "Students benefit when we
connect them to parks and these teachers will help them become better stewards
of our national parks."

Since 2009, the Park Stewards program has made it possible for 88 high school
teachers to work in parks over the summer break, creating curriculum that will
then be taught to their students in the coming school year. During the summer,
the teachers and park staff also develop service-learning projects that will
be implemented by high school students throughout the course of the school
year. The projectswhich include monitoring toxic mercury levels, grazing
patterns of bison and cattle, soil and water quality or mammal populations,
tie to state academic standards and are meaningful to the national parks. The
2013 Park Stewards program will also select one student from each grantee
school team for a summer internship to help support and build their interest
in their national parks and the National Park Service.

"University of Phoenix is proud to once again support the National Park
Foundation's mission to enrich America's national parks and programs by
inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts," said Pat Gottfried, vice
president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Apollo Group, parent company
of University of Phoenix. "University of Phoenix is committed to environmental
stewardship in our operations, our sustainability-related degree programs and
our environmental philanthropy, and we are glad to help reinforce this
commitment through our support of the National Park Foundation and the
teachers and students it impacts."

The 2013 Park Stewards grantees include:
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Assateague Island National Seashore
Aztec Ruins National Monument
Badlands National Park
Capulin Volcano National Monument
Catoctin Mountain Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Grand Canyon National Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Natchez Trace Parkway
National Mall and Memorial Parks
River Raisin National Battlefield Park
Saguaro National Park
San Juan Island National Historical Park
San Juan National Historic Site

For more information about the participating parks, please visit the National
Park Foundation website. For more information on the work of the National Park
Foundation or how you can support and protect America's national parks, please

Apollo Group, parent company of University of Phoenix, is dedicated to being a
good corporate citizen by serving communities and individuals across the
country. Through its corporate social responsibility efforts, Apollo Group
focuses on giving in the areas of education, workforce readiness and
sustainability. To learn more about the impact of these efforts, please visit

About the National Park Foundation
You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world's most treasured memorials,
landscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites -- all protected in America's more
than 400 national parks. Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation
is the official charity of America's national parks. We work hand in hand
with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks,
and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow.
Join us in supporting your national parks -- this is your land.

About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance
education and life in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules,
challenging courses and interactive learning can help students pursue personal
and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As the flagship
university of Apollo Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves
a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's and
doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as
well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit

SOURCE University of Phoenix

Contact: Christopher Fielder, University of Phoenix, 847-285-2608,; Marjorie Hall, National Park Foundation,
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