The National Parks: America's Best Idea Just Got Better



Over a decade ago, when my children were six and eleven, our family embarked on a journey to see the “amber waves of grain” and to truly experience our country.   We have created many lifelong memories along the way, but we have been perhaps most surprised by our nation's National Parks.  Their bounty and diverse beauty astounds us.  As we traveled, we became more and more aware how important it is for all of the country’s youth to be able to fully experience America.

Birthright America was established to provide an opportunity for those children who financially wouldn’t be able to visit some of our country's great National Parks to have that chance.  Every child - both those born in America and those DREAMERS for whom America has always been their home - should have the same opportunity my children have had -   to see and feel what we have experienced while traveling through our beautiful country. 



Amy Gallup, Humanities Teacher & President


  • B.A., English, University of Florida
  • M.A., English, University of Florida


After teaching and working in administration for over 25 years,  I decided to use my skill for building curriculum and organic learning experiences to create experiential learning opportunities for the students I love.   In addition to my passion for education, I enjoy reading, film, photography, travel, and, most of all, my family.  I have been happily married for 26 years and I have a daughter, a son, 2 cats and a grandkitten.

Cynthia Hori, Science Teacher & Board Member


  • B.A., Zoology, Ohio Wesleyan University
  • M.A., Management, University of Phoenix
  • Ph.D. (abd), Special Education, Barry University


For 38 years, I have taught science, K - 12.  AP certified in Environmental Education, I love the ocean and to find natures treasures under water. I have traveled the world with students on service trips. I love photography, knitting, camping, and, most of all, my family . I have been happily married for 26 years and I have a daughter, a grandson, 6 chickens, 2 cats and 2 dogs.