Winnebago Continues Partnership with National Park Foundation
The Multi-Year Partnership Aims to Advance Interest in the Outdoors and Career Opportunities in National Parks
Outdoor Lifestyle product manufacturer Winnebago Industries, Inc. announced last week its continued support for and partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service. Winnebago is sharing NPF’s mission to inspire and diversify the next generation of outdoor leaders by funding critical preservation and restoration projects in parks across the country.
Winnebago will focus on service corps programs that provide young people with hands-on work experience at national parks. Participants will learn new construction and preservation skills, while providing parks with critical infrastructure improvements. Service corps programs facilitate connections to the parks, provide on-the-job training, and help to create more opportunities for diverse leaders to experience careers in the outdoors.
“Winnebago Industries is uniquely positioned to help bring more people to national parks safely and comfortably, thanks to our wide array of outdoor lifestyle products,” said Winnebago Industries President and CEO Michael Happe. “However, the partnership with the National Park Foundation runs much deeper. Together we aim to grow equitable outdoor spaces by engaging the next generation of women and outdoor enthusiasts of color with meaningful career pathways in national parks. It is an honor to support the work of the National Park Foundation in pursuit of our common goals.”
Winnebago’s partnership with the NPF began in 2019 with an initial goal to raise awareness for the more than 400 parks available to visitors, specifically those less frequently visited. Along with this partnership, Winnebago also provides support for NPF’s Open OutDoors for Kids program, which offers hands-on learning opportunities for students to experience the beauty, history, and culture of our parks through field trips and educational resources.
“Winnebago Industries’ support is critical to the National Park Foundation’s efforts to deepen people’s connections to parks and inspire future generations of park stewards,” said National Park Foundation President and CEO Will Shafroth. “Together we are helping to create more equitable outdoors spaces, including where we live, work, travel and play.”