GOAL Academy Class Projects


Each year, GOAL Academy participants engage in action learning class projects as a way to apply what they learn in the program to real-world problems. The primary goal of the class projects is to apply leadership skills in the context of organizational growth, improvement, and advancement.

Class project topics are diverse and can fall into any one of the following topic areas:

  • Social
  • Economic
  • Political
  • Resources
  • Legal

Participants are encouraged to think outside the box and outside their comfort zone to really challenge the limits of conventionality. In doing so, participants simultaneously generate learning opportunities and make an organizational impact. GOAL Academy participants work in teams on class projects throughout the program, dedicating considerable time and energy to their visions.

Class Project Presentations

Everyone is invited to experience the National Park Service GOAL Academy class project presentations which occur each May. There are two options for witnessing the live presentations:

  1. In person in Washington, D.C.
  2. Virtually, via webinar

With either option, you have the opportunity to interact and ask the presenters questions.

Class Project Repository

The GOAL Academy class project materials are available by year starting in 2009 at the GOAL Academy Class Project Repository. This site aims to capture and catalog all of the amazing past GOALie work in one spot for the benefit of all NPS employees who want access to this information.

Please note: historically, a class project repository did not exist, so for years prior to 2017, there may be gaps in available materials.

Starting in 2017 and moving forward, the following materials are available:

  • Class project presentation videos (filmed in Washington, D.C.)
  • Class project presentation materials (varies by team and may include a powerpoint, infographics, etc.)
  • Class project presentation agenda (the schedule for Washington, D.C. presentations, includes team member names)

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