Intern Grants

2022 Intern Grantees

The Partnership for the National Trails System, in collaboration with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service, is pleased to announce grant recipients for their 2022 National Trails System Intern Grants. The Intern Grants create opportunities for young adults to become involved, or further their involvement, with our national trails while strengthening the capacity of the organizations and agencies that administer and manage the national scenic and historic trails.

Thirteen grants totaling $100,000 were awarded in 2022. These grants will be matched with over $172,000 of in-kind contributions and over $178,300 in both partner non-Federal cash funds and other Federal funds. 

 

Congratulations to the following 2022 grantees: 

Scenic Trails

  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail — Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • Arizona National Scenic Trail — Arizona Trail Association
  • Continental Divide National Scenic Trail — Continental Divide Trail Coalition
  • Florida National Scenic Trail — Florida Trail Association
  • Ice Age National Scenic Trail — Ice Age Trail Alliance
  • New England National Scenic Trail — Appalachian Mountain Club
  • North Country National Scenic Trail — North Country Trail Association
  • Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail — Pacific Northwest Trail Association

Historic Trails

  • El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association 
  • El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail— Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
  • Old Spanish National Historic Trail — National Park Service 
  • Oregon and California National Historic Trails — Oregon-California Trails Association
  • Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — Friends of Fort McHenry/National Park Service

 

Program Overview:

The Partnership for the National Trails System (PNTS)—in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service—will offer National Trails System Intern Grants of up to $10,000 to Federal agency partners and PNTS nonprofit trail organization and affiliate members in 2022. These grants are intended to help organizations offset the costs of paid internships to provide a pathway for young adult involvement with national trails and to enable them to explore potential careers options with government and nonprofit groups supporting the National Trails System.

National Trails System Intern Grants are intended to:

  • strengthen the capacity of the organizations and agencies that administer and manage the national scenic and historic trails;
  • provide a pathway for young adults to become involved with national historic and scenic trails;
  • enable young adults to explore potential careers options with government and nonprofit groups supporting the National Trails System; and, 
  • provide young adults experience working with trail administrators and managers.

Nonprofit and Federal agency partnerships are strongly encouraged, such that the two entities work together to create internship opportunities.

 

Special Thanks:

We would like to extend a special thanks to our partners at the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service for making these grants possible.

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2021 Grants:

Fourteen grants totaling $129,990 were awarded in 2021. View the full press release here.

2020 Grants:

Thirteen grants totaling $129,899 were awarded in 2020. View the full press release here.