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On New Year’s Day, the national parks community suffered a great loss as Ranger Margaret Anderson was tragically shot and killed at Mount Rainier National Park. On January 10th, America joined the national parks community in paying final respects at a memorial service in Tacoma, Washington.  In a public service, thousands gathered to celebrate the life of a dedicated park steward and loving wife and mother.

An 11-year veteran of the National Park Service, Margaret worked at Bryce Canyon National Park and C&O Canal National Historical Park before her time at Mount Rainier. The National Park Foundation has established a memorial fund to benefit the children of Ranger Anderson. For more information and to make a contribution, click here.

 
   
A Million Moments = A Million Dollars   Take a Vacation, Leave a Legacy   Donor Spotlight:
Assana Fard & Dan Waylonis
 

You are the part-owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured landscapes, ecosystems, and historical sites — all protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks. Founded by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official non profit partner of America’s national parks. We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to help connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow.

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A Million Moments = A Million Dollars

In celebration of their 100th anniversary, L.L.Bean will generously donate up to $1 million to the National Park Foundation, to help kids experience outdoor adventure and learn about our natural environment!

You can help by simply sharing your love of the outdoors.

For every moment you share – online, on Facebook or Twitter or in person– L.L. Bean will give a dollar to NPF. And sharing is easy. Send in a picture of your favorite outdoor place, share a hiking trail or a new outdoor activity you've tried, or visit an L.L. Bean store to check out new gear. Together, we'll bring young people into our parks and inspire a new generation to share our passion for the outdoors.

To learn more and get involved, click here.

 

Take a Vacation, Leave a Legacy

Considered “America’s best idea,” national parks provide travelers preserved views of natural wonder as far as the eye can see and give us a unique backyard oasis where postcard views meet real, life-altering experiences.  And, it’s this transparent beauty, exploration and enrichment combined with the accessibility of national parks that make them a popular vacation choice for today’s travelers.

Determined to support and preserve national parks, while also providing travelers great vacation options, the Globus family of brands has partnered with the National Park Foundation to help travelers experience national parks while also giving back.  As part of this GoParks! Tours partnership, when travelers book a Globus, Cosmos or Monograms US national park vacation, Globus will make a donation to NPF at no additional cost to travelers.

“Whether travelers are interested in taking a boat cruise through Kenai Fjords to see glaciers while also spotting whales, sea otters and puffins and exploring Yellowstone in the winter via a Snow Coach, in search of bison, deer, elk, moose and wolves or over-nighting on the rim of Grand Canyon National Park and taking a scenic float down Snake River in Grand Teton National Park, tours provide travelers unexpected yet perfectly planned national park experiences,” said Scott Nisbet, CEO of the Globus family of brands.

Together, Globus and NPF have created 10 Great Tours & Vacation Packages to America’s national parks for 2012 offering a balance of unparalleled opportunities to explore and discover national parks, with experienced guides, and value.

For more information, visit www.globusjourneys.com.
Donor Spotlight: Assana Fard & Dan Waylonis

The National Park Foundation is pleased to welcome two new members to the Stewardship Circle, Assana Fard & Dan Waylonis!

Assana and Dan have been supporters of NPF for the last couple of years, but it wasn’t until they attended the recent NPF day hike in Muir Woods National Monument that they decided to take a step forward and join the Stewardship Circle. Like many other socially conscious corporations, Assana’s employer, Apple Inc., matches employee charitable contributions so their gift will actually mean twice as much going to the National Park Foundation’s work!

While Assana and Dan admit they are both tech geeks, they also have a deep love for our national parks. They have traveled all over the United States and to many corners of the world just to explore these special places. They’ve created a website to share their adventures through postings and photographs with friends and family. The website even contains a link to the NPF website so everyone they know can support an organization that means so much to them.

When asked why our national parks mean so much to them they said, “Our national parks are serene refuges from the hectic pace of everyday life. They are precious, irreplaceable reminders of our nation's beauty and we consider ourselves fortunate to be able to enjoy them."

To learn how you can support the National Park Foundation, click here.

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Celebrate A Legacy

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

This month we honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of our nation’s most revered civil rights leaders. Through his powerful gift of speech and eloquent writings, Dr. King’s inspiring words broke the boundaries of intolerance, spreading the message of freedom, equality, justice and love.

Many national parks around the country provide an opportunity to learn more about Dr. King and the Civil Rights movement. You can walk in Dr. King's footsteps at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, or the Lincoln Memorial. Or visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, one of our newest parks and the first on the National Mall devoted, not to a United States President or war hero, but a citizen activist for civil rights and peace.

 Learn more and plan your visit here.

Get Active in Virgin Islands National Park

 

Not every group of trail volunteers has to clear cannonballs out of the path. The hundreds of volunteers who helped create the new interpretive trail on historic Hassel Island – part of Virgin Islands National Park – conducted archaeological surveys, cleared trails, removed vegetation surrounding historic structures, created and installed 12 interpretive trail signs, stabilized eroding hillsides, produced a site information pamphlet, hosted events to introduce the community to the new trail system, and yes, cleared hundreds of cannonballs out of the way.

As part of the Active Trails Program, Hassel Island now offers locals and tourists the chance to explore a former marine railway and Fort Willoughby; see artifacts and ruins associated with a leprosarium built in the 1850s; visit Shipley's Battery, which housed cannons to protect the approach through Gregory Channel; see the Hassel House, which served as the home of the family for which the island is named; officers quarters; a blacksmith's shop; an officers' kitchen; a quarantine hospital; a cemetery; and much more.

Through the efforts of many partners, volunteers and donors, the children who grew up in St. Thomas and could see the overgrown hills and railway ruins now have the opportunity to literally step back in time, exploring the rich history and beauty of Hassel Island.

To learn more or support programs like this, click here.

Share the Experience Photo Contest Voting Has Begun!

 

All the entries are in, now it’s time to cast your vote! Vote daily for your favorite park photo and you could win a fantastic prize! Beginning January 16th, each time you vote for your favorite photo, you will receive a sweepstakes entry for a chance to win a $100 REI gift card! Voting ends January 31st so vote today!

Photo: Honorable Mention - Charlotte Rayl, Voyageurs NP

 

Hey NPF Members -- Go Take a Hike!

 

The National Park Foundation is creating fun and special opportunities in 2012 for our members to get out and hike a trail or explore a historical monument right in their local area.  All these adventures are free to NPF supporters and a guest!

Here are just some of our exciting upcoming activities:

• See the Everglades National Park in late February (exact date to be announced soon!) with an up close and personal experience as you walk through the watery marshes viewing the plants and animals through the eyes of a park ranger. Details will be emailed soon to NPF donors in South Florida.

• On March 29th, we will be given a exclusive after-hours, Ranger led tour of Cabrillo National Monument. The highlight of this tour will be NPF private access to the top of the rarely visited 19th century lighthouse! 

• NPF supporters will be led on a private hike of Split Rock Loop Trail in beautiful Joshua Tree National Park on March 31st. We will be personally welcomed by the park’s superintendent and then led on our hike by an expert ranger.

Be on the lookout for additional park activities in other regions of the country in future issues of GoParks!  For more information about participating in these and future hikes, contact Matthew Boyer at mboyer@nationalparks.org.

Join Our Online Communities Today!

 

When you connect with the National Park Foundation on Facebook and Twitter, you have access to the most up-to-the-minute NPF and national park news, not to mention opportunities to win free prizes! Last month our fans got the latest park travel tips and a behind the scenes look at The National Tree Lighting in Washington DC. Some lucky fans won national park passes, gift cards, t-shirts and even airline tickets in our Hooray for the Holidays sweepstakes!

Join us online today and see what you're missing!
 
 
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THIS MONTH'S QUIZ

How many units of the National Park System does the Green River run through? Bonus points if you can name them all!
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And congratulations to last month's winner, Selena Rich, from Atascadero, CA, who knew that 50 years ago, President John Kennedy created Buck Island Reef National Monument!

Way to go Selena!
 
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