Union Pacific Announces National Park Foundation Partnership

Union Pacific’s history with the national parks started with creating iconic western parks like Yellowstone, Zion, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley, when the railroad provided access to pristine landscapes that were otherwise virtually impossible to visit.

Union Pacific recently announced a new commitment to help preserve America’s most unique and inspiring spaces with its multi-year, $3 million partnership with the National Park Foundation for the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement.

Union Pacific notes that its history with the U.S. National Parks system “started with the creation of iconic western parks like Yellowstone, Zion, Grand Canyon and Death Valley, when the railroad provided access to pristine landscapes that were otherwise virtually impossible to visit.” (Source:: Railway Age)

Union Pacific notes that its history with the U.S. National Parks system “started with the creation of iconic western parks like Yellowstone, Zion, Grand Canyon and Death Valley, when the railroad provided access to pristine landscapes that were otherwise virtually impossible to visit.” (Source:: Railway Age)

“Union Pacific transported early park-goers to adventures out west,” said Union Pacific Senior Vice President Corporate Relations and Chief Administrative Officer Scott Moore, in a company news release.

“Today, we deliver the goods Americans use every day to our nation’s busiest cities and quietest towns, passing through rugged, beautiful landscapes. We traverse America’s backyard, and we want the next generation to explore it.”

Through its partnership with the National Park Foundation, Union Pacific will build on its legacy, encouraging young adventurers to explore America’s national parks. Union Pacific’s partnership supports the National Park Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program, which connects kids to parks.

Kingsley Plantation at the Timucuan Preserve with Ranger Emily Palmer (Source: Railway Age)

Kingsley Plantation at the Timucuan Preserve with Ranger Emily Palmer (Source: Railway Age)

The railroad’s support will provide national park experiences for thousands of students across the 23 states where Union Pacific operates. National park field trips encourage students to develop a sense of adventure while educating youth about science, history, conservation, and their role in protecting national and local treasures

“If given the choice between reading about Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, or seeing the geyser and taking a breath of fresh, mountain air, there’s no comparison,” said Moore.

EKIP Program with Project WILD @ The Barataria Environmental Education Center at Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve. (Source:: Railway Age)

EKIP Program with Project WILD @ The Barataria Environmental Education Center at Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve. (Source:: Railway Age)

“We want this partnership to cultivate lifelong connections between people and parks.”

“Union Pacific’s support enables kids across the country to explore their local national parks,” said National Park Foundation President Will Shafroth.

“These National Park experiences are unforgettable and instill a desire to discover more.”

Union Pacific encourages all generations, especially the younger generation and their families to visit www.findyourpark.com to explore what national parks and activities are in their own backyard.

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Washington © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Over the coming months, Union Pacific will highlight these beautiful landscapes, historic sites, and cultural resources in a number of ways. Details will be published at www.up.com/ExploreAmericasBackyard and on the company’s social media channels using #ExploreAmericasBackyard, #FindYourPark, and #EncuentraTuParque.

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Ridgefield National Bluegrass Scenic Railroad, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In the meantime, grab a camera and go explore—no suitcase or train ticket required.

One of America’s most recognized companies, Union Pacific Railroad connects 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country by rail, providing a critical link in the global supply chain.

Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers, operates from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways, connects with Canada’s rail systems, and is the only railroad serving all six major Mexico gateways.

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Bluegrass Scenic Railroad, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Celebrating 50 years, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and ENGAGE the next generation of park stewards.

Worth Pondering…

The national parks in the U.S. are destinations unto themselves with recreation, activities, history, and culture.

—Jimmy Im

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