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!


2021 Projects

Third Thursdays @ 3

The NCHC Partners in the Parks Committee has developed an exciting series of free virtual adventures for 2021! We invite students and professionals alike to join us for these conversations with National Park Service staff and honors faculty who have facilitated PITP trips. Students will learn more about careers in the NPS, individual parks, potential sites for future Partners in the Parks trips--and what the Partners in the Parks experience is all about. Presentations will be followed by Q & A and conversation.

Registration links will open within the month of each project!

Crater Lake National Park (video) March 18
Everglades National Park April 15
Appalachian National Park May 30
Big Thicket National Preserve June 17
National Park Movie Night July 15
Waddenzee Sea Estuarial Area August 19
Health & Wellness in the National Parks September 16
Grand Tetons National Park October 21


We understand that COVID-19 may raise concerns regarding travel and event attendance. At this time, NCHC has not planned any in-person summer trainings through August 2021. More information can be found here.

Important Registration Information:

If you are not the director of your program, or you do not hold a current NCHC Student Membership, you may not be in our new software system yet! You 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? Contact the NCHC office at
(402) 472-9150 or nchc@unl.edu


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