One of the primary goals of the Greater Metro Parks Foundation is to raise funds for, and awareness of, Metro Parks' educational programs and projects. By investing our time, energy, and money to support these programs, we help build the next generation of learners and explorers.

Primarily, GMPF supports Nature Education Outreach, a program developed by the Tacoma Nature Center that encourages inquiry-based learning in parks and green spaces for elementary and middle school students.

In addition, our  “From the Ground Up” strategy, continues to inspire leadership in community and civic engagement, and GMPF will continue to partner directly with students and educators whenever appropriate when we develop campaigns for parks improvements.

Powerful and lasting educational partnerships have been established and continue to thrive through this strategy, evolving local leadership and discovering new ways to encourage lasting civic contributions.

Empowering Leadership

GMPF discovered that engaging stakeholders like local students, educators, and community groups enhances the positive impact and efficacy of a project. Collaboration yields unique results that GMPF could not accomplish on their own.

Mrs. Carol Ramm-Gramenz, counselor at McCarver Elementary, shared with us some of the transformative effects of the Zina Linnik project and how it impacts community.

Read more about how the Zina Linnik Project made a difference in their lives.