PICTURE YOURSELF IN A PARK this April 21–29 as the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation present National Park Week – a chance to hike, learn, share, and give back in the nation’s 397 national parks. Each year, we take this time to celebrate what we all have inherited as Americans – 84 million acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasures. Visit any of America’s national parks April 21–29 and enjoy FREE admission all week long!  But whether you plan to visit or volunteer, we encourage you to share your experience with us at nationalparkweek.org.

Can’t get to a national park?  Bring one into your living room with a special week of Planet Green television programming featuring the national parks April 23–27 at 8pm. From Mount Rushmore to the Golden Gate Bridge, Denali to the Grand Canyon, learn insider tips and little-know facts and be inspired to plan your next national park adventure. To find your Planet Green channel click here
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Welcome to the New NationalParks.org!

Powered by park fans, for parks fans – NPF is excited to welcome you to the NEW nationalparks.org!  Built to give you the most relevant, practical and compelling content from NPF, the National Park Service and other park visitors like you – the new online community provides a centralized source for real-time news, information, commentary, photos, videos and more on America's nearly 400 national parks. Nationalparks.org also serves as the online epicenter to directly support all of America's national parks and their programs. 

Check out just some of the new features!

Parks Near You – Wherever you are, instantaneously discover the national parks nearest you – with nearly 400 parks in the system, you may be surprised to discover one right around the corner.

What's Your Favorite Park – Everyone has a favorite – what's yours? Easily select yours and discover news, photos, videos and even the real-time weather at your favorite national park destination. 

Parks By The People – With one click learn the latest about your national park destination from other park visitors and supporters.  Photos, videos, tips, news and even up-to-the-minute Facebook and Twitter tidbits direct from the National Park Service – find it all in one place on nationaparks.org park pages.

Share Your Story – Have an amazing national park photo, story or video?  Let your experience inspire others by sharing it with the world and other national park fans like you!

National Park Marketplace – Now you can shop online and support your national parks at the same time.  Visit the new National Park Marketplace and discover great NPF merchandise and other products that go to support the national parks.

Win Big During National Park Week!

Prize alert! NPF will be giving away “park-tacular” daily prizes from Monday, April 23Friday, April 27 in celebration of National Park Week. Each day we’ll announce the daily prizes on our Facebook page.  To enter to win a prize, you’ll just need to answer a national park trivia question. Join NPF’s Facebook page today to get in on all of the National Park Week fun!

Thank a Mom, and Help the Parks!

Mother’s Day is almost here…and we have the perfect gift, our national parks! Our friends at Macy’s are once again launching their “Thank-a-Mom Movement” on April 24th, where you can send a special “thank you” to a mom you know – and $3 will be donated to NPF!  NPF could receive up to $400,000, but we need your help!  

Visit Macy’s Facebook page to send a “thank you
e-card to a mom you know and love. You can send up to 10 thank you cards a day through email and Facebook. Be sure to select the National Park Foundation as your favorite “mom-approved” charity.

The national parks thank you…for thanking a mom!


Parks & Canyons…Spectacular!

Every day, in every national park, the word “spectacular” resonates over and over again for travelers lucky enough to experience America’s natural landscapes.  And, thanks to our GoParks! Tours partner, Globus, you can take a journey through six states and five national parks in 14 days on the aptly named tour, Parks & Canyons Spectacular.

Led by an experienced guide, on this vacation travelers will journey from the Black Hills of South Dakota to the bright lights of Las Vegas, enjoying the sights, sounds and wonders of some of the greatest national parks and monuments along the way. 

In addition to exploring the spectacular Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Grand Canyon national parks, travelers will visit Mount Rushmore and Little Bighorn.  They’ll also see Crazy Horse Memorial, step back in time with a tour of the Wild West town of Deadwood, learn about the story of the bison at Tatanka, spend time at the Buffalo Bill Historical center, enjoy a chuck wagon cookout, stroll the boardwalks of Jackson and more.

And, when travelers book this vacation – or 38 other GoParks! Tours and travel packages – the Globus family of brands will make a contribution to the National Park Foundation.  For more information, click here.


Park Steward to Park Staff

"The internship was too short. There is still so much to learn!" expressed one Park Stewards student intern after working for a summer in the park.

Launched in 2009, NPF's Park Stewards Program gives teachers and young people a chance to deeply connect with national parks. To kick off the program each year, 20-24 high school teachers spend the summer in their local national parks, working with their education ranger partners to develop service learning activities for high school students to implement throughout the school year. Through the service learning activities the students apply academic knowledge and critical thinking skills to address genuine needs of the park.

One exciting aspect of the program is the summer internship. Each teacher/ranger team selects one or two Park Stewards students to work as paid summer interns in the park. Yesenia Gamez, currently a high school senior at AmeriSchools College Preparatory Academy, impressed park staff at Saguaro National Park so much that when her internship ended, the park hired her as a student employee.  For the past year she has played a key role as an outreach and resource management assistant.  In March of 2012, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park welcomed Alexa Nieves, a junior at Global Learning Charter School, to its permanent staff as an Office Automation Clerk.

To learn more and find out how you can support programs like Park Stewards, click here.

Bo is Going, Going…Almost Gone!

Proving to be one of the most popular White House collector’s items in years, the special edition “Bo” White House Easter Egg is almost sold out at easter.nationalparks.org!  NPF is once again selling the 2012 White House Easter Eggs and for the first time ever, the First Pet has its own souvenir egg to commemorate the White House Easter Egg Roll.  The special edition “Bo” egg is included when you buy a commemorative set of 2012 White House Easter Eggs.  NPF sells the White House Easter Eggs to support the annual White House Easter Egg Roll which takes place on the White House South Lawn, one of our nearly 400 national parks.

Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial

National parks offer many challenges – summiting Half Dome, walking the Appalachian Trail – but none are as hard to get to as Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial. Hidden on the edges of a still-active army base in the East Bay River, just outside of Oakland, CA, the 392nd national park is a testament to both the most devastating WW II’s home-front disaster and a watershed moment in the desegregation of the armed forces. Once a best kept secret, the Friends of Port Chicago National Memorial are working to get the word out on the history of the site – including "star turns" by Thurgood Marshall and Eleanor Roosevelt –and engage greater support for the site in a future East Bay River park. On May 19th the Friends will have their first “friend-raiser.”

You can e-mail or click here to learn more about the Friends.  

Leave a Lasting Legacy

More than a century ago, visionary American citizens took action to preserve the places they loved —places they knew would matter long into the future—as national parks.  Today, our national parks represent a wonderful legacy we leave to future generations. You can play an important part in continuing to protect and preserve our parks for the next 100 years by including the National Park Foundation in your estate plans, and becoming a member of the National Park Foundation Legacy Society.  You will have the satisfaction of supporting efforts to preserve the places where we experience our collective American heritage – from the awe inspiring scenery of Yosemite, to the magnificent wildlife of Yellowstone, to the ancient mysteries housed in the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde,  as well as  America’s struggles remembered at battlefields and historic monuments across the country.

Members of The Legacy Society are a group of self identified individuals who have made provisions for the National Park Foundation in their estate plans in one of the following ways:

Naming NPF as a beneficiary in your will or trust
Naming NPF as a beneficiary of a retirement plan, brokerage account, or life insurance
Establishing a life income gift that names NPF as a beneficiary

To learn more about the National Park Foundation Legacy Society please contact Lauren Harnishfeger at [email protected] or 202-354-6472.


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