The Garner Holt Foundation is increasing hope in the lives of young people with hands-on and career focused learning experiences in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics while igniting imagination and inspiring creativity – all through the magic of theme park animatronics.
Welcome to
THE GARNER HOLT FOUNDATION

For Garner Holt, the creation of this foundation is a lifelong dream. Garner started his company, Garner Holt Productions, Inc., in 1977 in his parents’ garage while he was still in high school. Today, Garner Holt Productions, Inc. is the world’s largest producer of theme park animatronics. Looking back, Garner attributes much of his success to educators who allowed him to embrace his curiosity, explore his interests, and pursue his passions. The mission of the Garner Holt Foundation is to increase hope in the lives of young people through cutting-edge, hands-on, and career focused learning experiences in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics while igniting imagination and inspiring creativity – all through the magic of theme park animatronics. The Garner Holt Foundation gives students first-hand experiences in the exciting world of theme park arts and sciences by allowing them to explore careers in engineering, robotics, automation, programming, lighting, sound, set design, costuming, painting, sculpting, and more! The Garner Holt Foundation celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion by providing underserved youth with transformative experiences that build bright and hopeful futures.

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Focusing on More of What Matters for Student Success!

Hope
The ideas and energy students have for the future.
Engagement
The involvement in and enthusiasm for school.
Entrepreneurial Aspiration
The talent and energy necessary to build businesses that survive, thrive and employ others.
Career and Financial Literacy
The information, attitudes and behaviors that students need for healthy participation in the economy.

-Gallup, 2020

Featured News

Redlands Community News, January 12, 2022
In partnership with the Garner Holt Foundation, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools hosted the Animatronics Academy Career Camp...
By Jennifer Iyer Redlands Daily Facts, December 19, 2019
San Bernardino native Garner Holt aims to offer a space for all to design, create and dream, like the garage he got started in...
By Joe Kleiman, IPM InPark Magazine, December 9, 2019
Garner Holt, President and CEO of Garner Holt Productions, Inc. (GHP), recently announced the creation of The Garner Holt Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Organization...
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