Remembering the Heroes of Flight 93

This September, we marked a historic date in our nation’s history and our national parks – the 10th anniversary of September 11. In a memorable two–day event, the National Park Foundation joined the National Park Service in dedicating the only national park dedicated to the events of September 11, the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA.  

Honoring the 40 brave heroes of United Flight 93 that prevented further destruction in our nation's capitol that fateful day, the powerful ceremony welcomed a devoted audience of Flight 93 families, friends and supporters from around the globe. The ceremony also included moving remarks by Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., President George W. Bush, and President Bill Clinton, as well as an unforgettable performance by Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan.

The field of Honor, Wall of Names, and Memorial Plaza, protecting and preserving the final resting place of the passengers and crew of Flight 93, were among the first features of the Memorial to be dedicated. However, a Visitor Center, Learning Center, Entry Portal, 40 Memorial Groves, and Tower of Voices remain unfunded. During his speech, President Clinton announced his commitment to lead a bipartisan fundraising effort along with Speaker of the House John Boehner to raise the remaining funds necessary to complete the Memorial. You can help. Give today and the National Park Foundation will match all donations, dollar for dollar, up to $2 million. Help us guarantee that the heroism and sacrifice of the passengers and crew of Flight 93 is never forgotten. Help us finish the Flight 93 National Memorial

*Photo Courtesy of the Department of Interior


Worldwide Day of Play Comes
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  Desert Diversity at Saguaro National Park   Donor Spotlight: International Paper

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Worldwide Day of Play Comes to President's Park

It’s almost here!  Nickelodeon is teaming up with the national parks to bring its 8th annual Worldwide Day of Play to Washington D.C. this Saturday, September 24. The free event, which will be held from 10 p.m. – 4 p.m. on the Ellipse in President’s Park, will host activities from the best in professional and youth sports, as well as Nick’s health and wellness and community partners including the National Park Foundation and National Park Service (don’t forget to stop by and say hi!). And no Worldwide Day of Play would be complete without performances and appearances by all of the Nick favorites including Big Time Rush, iCarly, Victorious, The Fresh Beat Band and many more.

Can’t make it to D.C.? Kids and parents can easily organize a Worldwide Day of Play event in their own community – there are already 4,000 confirmed events happening around the globe. Just click here to find all the resources you need to plan your very own Worldwide Day of Play. And remember, September 24 is also National Public Lands Day and all national parks are free for the day, making them a great location for play.

To encourage kids to get up and get outside, Nickelodeon’s television networks and websites will go off-air and offline from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (all times ET/PT) on Saturday. At 7:30 p.m., the network will kick off an evening of primetime premieres with an action-packed half-hour special, Worldwide Day of Play: Washington, D.C. featuring Nick’s hit live-action stars, highlights from the day’s activities and a special performance by Big Time Rush. 

Click here to learn more about the 8th annual Worldwide Day of Play.

Desert Diversity at Saguaro National Park

Did you know that there are four different deserts in the United States? Visit to register now to participate in a free National Park Foundation Electronic Field Trip to Saguaro National Park airing live two times on Friday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

We’ll be visiting this iconic national park to learn more about the Sonoran Desert and its exceptional desert biodiversity. We will learn about one of the most unique and important species living in this desert, which is visually defined by the Saguaro cactus. These cacti can live to be over 100 years of age and grow 45 feet tall!

As part of this journey, we will follow thousands of students doing hands-on science and discovering the biodiversity in the park as part of the BioBlitz program led by the National Park Service and National Geographic.

Check out the companion website for the upcoming EFT at  Visitors to the site will find lesson plans for classroom use and interactive games for youth.

The Saguaro Electronic Field Trip is made possible by support from the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation.
Donor Spotlight—International Paper

International Paper Company (IP) has a long history of environmental stewardship. This has been demonstrated by its 4+ years commitment to supporting our national parks. The International Paper Foundation has provided grants to multiple national parks for education programs, including the living history program at Vicksburg National Military Park, the Teacher’s Curriculum Guide at Fort Pulaski National Monument and the update of the Junior Ranger booklet to include critical issue activity about water quality at Gulf Islands National Seashore. IP has also provided support to the First Bloom Program by donating its 100% compostable ecotainer®. Most recently, the company developed a series of commemorative national park cups using the ecotainers®. The cups feature renderings of national parks along with an educational message about conservation and environmental stewardship. For each cup sold now through 2016, IP will donate a penny to NPF up to $1 million.


Program Spotlight—Park Stewards


Thanks to a Park Stewards grant from the National Park Foundation, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park rolled out the red carpet on August 12th to welcome some talented youth celebrities and the local community to the premiere of two new and exciting youth program videos: "My Backyard" by the Park Stewards and the "Walk With Me" music video by the Youth Ambassador Program (YAP!). Youth participants and the public strutted and posed on the red carpet where they were greeted by cameras and Park Stewards conducting interviews. The event was well-attended and every seat in the National Park theater was filled. The entire event is currently being shown on New Bedford Educational Access in tens of thousands of homes in the New Bedford area.

"My Backyard" is a new YouTube series that focuses on the millions of acres of public land available for all people to enjoy. The series was created by the 2011 Park Stewards and each episode explores a different National Park site, and the various ways that people enjoy them.  The Park Stewards Program gives students and teachers the opportunity to participate in meaningful and educational hands-on experiences in their local national parks and other federal lands. The monthly series will premiere online later this month.

Photos from the red carpet may be viewed here, "Walk With Me" can be viewed on the park's website or on YouTube .

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

Calling All Shutterbugs!


Have some great national park photos from your summer adventures? Enter your top three in the 2011 Share the Experience photo contest! The annual contest, sponsored by the National Park Foundation, is the largest national park and public land photo contest for amateur photographers.

The grand prize winner's photo will be featured on the 2013 America the Beautiful Federal Recreation Lands Pass, and all winners will receive amazing prizes from REI and Magellan!

Don’t miss out, enter your photos today!

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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 tons of opportunities to win free prizes! Last month our fans got the latest park travel tips, an insider’s view of the parks from the Rangers themselves in “Trail Talk”, as well as weekly chances to win prizes in our “Fan Friday” summer giveaway!

Join us online today and see what you're missing!

Have You "Checked in" to Your National Parks?


The National Park Foundation and The North Face continue their joint effort to encourage more people to get out and enjoy America’s national parks. Every time you “check-in” using Facebook Places at one of America’s nearly 400 national parks or at a North Face retailer, you put us one dollar closer to the $150,000 donation The North Face has committed for 2011. Help us raise money for the national parks by checking in on Facebook Places when you’re out and about this fall!


Make this fall one to remember by exploring your national parks! Download NPF’s FREE Happy Trails: 25 Unforgettable National Park Hikes guide today!

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In July 1864, President Lincoln stood atop which fort – now a part of the national park system – and came under direct fire of Confederate sharpshooters, the only time in history a sitting U.S. president took direct fire from an enemy army?
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And congratulations to last month's winner, Robyn Whittingham, from Stamford, CT, who knew that in August 1935, FDR signed The Historic Sites Act establishing “a national policy to preserve for the public use” historic places “for the inspiration and benefit of the people” and the National Park Service as its custodian.

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