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West Virginia national park one of 28 grant recipients

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Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. The Harpers Ferry area is full of history. This view is from Bolivar Heights. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. The Harpers Ferry area is full of history. This view is from Bolivar Heights.

The National Park Foundation awarded $504,000 in grants to 28 national parks across the United States and the Virgin Islands, including one in West Virginia, through its Park Stewards Program.

The Park Steward Program, now in its sixth year, gives high school teachers and students the opportunity to explore the relevance of national parks to their lives. In addition, two students from each grantee school team will be selected for summer internships that will help support and grow their interest in national parks and the National Park Service.

"This program will provide an introduction to national parks for many children and foster lifelong connections," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "Through a series of engaging educational, recreational and volunteer experiences, the teachers and their students will get the chance to really immerse themselves in the park's resources."

The Mountain State’s Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in the Eastern Panhandle was one of the recipients. Several neighboring states house grantees as well, including two in Ohio, two in Maryland and one in Pennsylvania.

University of Phoenix is now serving in its third year as the program's official educational sponsor.

"University of Phoenix is proud to once again support the National Park Foundation in helping build future generations of national park enthusiasts and supporters," said Pat Gottfried, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Apollo Education Group, parent company of University of Phoenix. "We welcome the opportunity to continue to reinforce this commitment through our support of the National Park Foundation and the teachers and students it impacts."

Subaru of America also contributed to the program.

The 2014 Park Stewards grantees are:

Arizona:

  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Montezuma Castle National Monument
  • Saguaro National Park

California:

  • Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site

Colorado:

  • Rocky Mountain National Park

Florida:

  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

Georgia:

  • Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

Indiana:

  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Maryland:

  • Assateague Island National Seashore
  • Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Massachusetts:

  • New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

Michigan:

  • River Raisin National Battlefield Park

Missouri:

  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

New Hampshire:

  • Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site

New Mexico:

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

North Dakota:

  • Knife River Indian Village National Historic Site

Ohio:

  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Pennsylvania:

  • Independence National Historical Park

Tennessee:

  • Shiloh National Military Park

Vermont:

  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

Virgin Islands

  • Christiansted National Historic Site

Washington:

  • San Juan Island National Historical Park

Wisconsin:

  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

West Virginia:

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

 

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