Press Release

NatureBridge Chosen By National Park Trust And National Park Service As A 2023 Challenge Cost Share Awardee

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Students hiking along Rodeo Lagoon in the Marin Headlands

Sausalito, CA, (May 26, 2023) – The National Park Trust, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), announced recently $375,100 to fund 18 education and outdoor recreation projects through the 2023 NPS Challenge Cost Share Program. Each project connects a local community to a nearby national park, national trail, or wild and scenic river. This year’s group of awardees will engage more than 8,600 participants in active, healthy outdoor recreation and in education initiatives that increase knowledge about our nation’s natural and cultural heritage.

NatureBridge received a $20,000 award to support our overnight environmental science educational programs in the Marin Headlands, expanding our reach to Point Bonita to engage more students in partnership with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. 

We are so honored to be an awardee of the Challenge Cost Share program administered by the National Park Service in partnership with National Park Trust. NatureBridge has a 50+ year partnership with the National Park Service, which has allowed us to serve over 1.5 million students around the country. We hope to continue this collaboration in the Marin Headlands in order to connect young people to the wonder and science of the natural world, as well as ignite a sense of self-discovery and stewardship of the planet.
PaHoua Lee, Golden Gate Campus Director, NatureBridge

“National Park Trust is thrilled to once again partner with the National Park Service and community partners across the country to connect people of all backgrounds and abilities to national parks while engaging the newest generation of outdoor enthusiasts and stewards,” said Grace Lee, executive director of National Park Trust. “The Challenge Cost Share program is a terrific example of an initiative that leverages public and private funds to invest in communities to create sustainable partnerships that benefit parks and people.”

“We appreciate the work of local partner organizations across the nation, who are using their resources and skills to support conservation, recreation and education projects that are meaningful and impactful to their communities,” said Lauren S. Imgrund, NPS associate director for Partnerships and Civic Engagement.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2023, National Park Trust’s mission is to preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, the Park Trust has acquired many of the missing pieces of our national parks, benefiting 52 national park sites. Our national youth education and family initiatives, including our Buddy Bison Programs and National Kids to Parks Day, serve hundreds of Title I schools annually and cultivate future park stewards. We believe that our public parks, lands and waters should be cared for, enjoyed by, and preserved by all for current and future generations. Find out more at

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 424 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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