NPS Fundamentals Residential Training


The National Park Service Fundamentals Residential Training program is designed for permanent employees in the National Park Service. It’s a great way to learn more about the organization, explore current issues, network with your peers, and form a strong foundation for your career.

The newly updated NPS Fundamentals program is an introductory overview of the NPS. The program consists of three components:

  1. Self-study, online Essential Resources (new Learning Activities coming soon!)
  2. Pre-class webinar: Welcome to NPS Fundamentals
  3. A residential experience held at the Horace Albright Training Center in Grand Canyon National Park or an On-the-Road class held in another national park

Learning Objectives

At the end of Fundamentals, participants will:

  • Explain how the mission of the National Park Service, including how the dual directive within that mission, drives the complexity of park issues and operations.
  • Articulate how each employee is an integral part of accomplishing the NPS mission.
  • Describe the current NPS culture and be empowered to positively influence NPS culture.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative knowledge to solve problems and make decisions in group projects.
  • Gain an understanding of the career development opportunities the NPS offers.

How To Apply

Take a look at the Upcoming Fundamentals Class Dates.

Click the Apply Here button, and fill out the registration form.

Additional Information

The NPS Fundamentals Residential training is just one component of the Fundamentals program. Please visit our NPS Fundamentals website for more information.

For additional information, contact the Fundamentals Logistics Coordinator.

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  1. I attended Fundamentals in 2014, pretty early into this reboot and found it highly valuable. I returned to my park and recommended other new permanent staff do everything they could to attend.
    I found that it gave me a good opportunity to see outside of my division and park. Meeting such a diverse group of employees gave me a better appreciation for the variety of jobs and people from regions, WASO, programs, etc. It was also a great networking opportunity. I’m still in contact with people from my Fundamentals class, and have certainly collaborated or contacted them for work-related items.
    Plus, who am I kidding, seeing the sunrise every morning over the Grand Canyon is pretty darn great!


  2. Hi Justin, I’m glad you found Fundamentals to be a worth-while experience. Also, thanks for making the distinction between the original program and 2014 reboot. There were many great things about the original program but I think students that attend the new program find it much more hands-on with many opportunities to develop skills in teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving.


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