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!

2024 Projects

Mammoth Cave National Park

May 13-19

Appalachian Trail

May 20-27

Crater Lake National Park

Directors Retreat

July 28-Aug 3
Glacier National Park

August 4-10

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.

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. Approval of new contacts may take up to 48 hours.

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