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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:


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


  • Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site


  • Rocky Mountain National Park


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


  • Augusta Canal National Heritage Area


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


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


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


  • River Raisin National Battlefield Park


  • 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


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


  • Independence National Historical Park


  • Shiloh National Military Park


  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

Virgin Islands

  • Christiansted National Historic Site


  • San Juan Island National Historical Park


  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

West Virginia:

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park


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