Partners in the Parks

Partners in the Parks is an outdoor experiential learning program coordinated by the National Collegiate Honors Council. PITP projects at national parks across the country offer unique opportunities for collegiate honors students and faculty to visit areas of the American landscape noted for their beauty, significance and lasting value. Our first project, at Bryce Canyon National Park, was organized in 2007 as a 2016 Centennial Initiative Program with Cedar Breaks National Monument as the sponsoring park unit. Since then we have sponsored 100 projects at 50 different parks for over 1,000 student participants. Seminars led by university faculty and park personnel will include historical, scientific, cultural, and other important areas unique to a given park. Projects will also take advantage of exciting recreational opportunities in the parks to broaden participant's understanding of the overall value of national parks to our country and its citizens.

Due to member support, NCHC offers scholarships for every PITP project sponsored by NCHC!

2022 Projects

Registration Now Open!

We understand that COVID-19 may raise concerns regarding travel and event attendance. At this time, NCHC has planned for 2022 in-person projects for Partners in the Parks, with a careful eye on national and local guidelines. More details will be provided through the event registration process.

Questions about individual projects can be directed to trip facilitators as noted on the registration page. To keep a mix of project participants from a variety of honors institutions, facilitators prefer no more than 2 students from a single institution per project.

2021 Projects

Third Thursdays @ 3

The NCHC Partners in the Parks Committee developed an exciting series of free virtual adventures for 2021. Please enjoy the recordings of these events below.

Crater Lake National Park (video) March 18
Everglades National Park (video) April 15
Appalachian Trail May 20
Big Thicket National Preserve (video) June 17
Acadia National Park (video) July 15
Health & Wellness in the National Parks (video) September 16
Grand Tetons National Park October 21
Important Registration Information:

If you are not the director of your program, you may not be in our software system. Students and faculty must sign up as a "Contact" prior to registering for any Partners in the Parks trip. Take care of that now, so you're ready to register!

Sign up as a Contact!

Be sure to select “Contact” when creating a username for our website. You'll receive an email notification, and THEN you may start registration for Partners in the Parks.

This will link you to your member institution in our database, so you can access member prices for Partners in the Parks registration. (If your institution is not a member of NCHC, please login as a guest.)

*Members receive a 50% discount on PITP Registration pricing!

Questions about registration? Contact the NCHC office at
(402) 472-9150 or