Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

Celebrating Father’s Day in Your National Parks

For many of us, our fathers are responsible for first introducing us to the wonders of the National Park System. They led us on hikes through jaw-dropping natural landscapes. They walked with us through the hallowed grounds of our nation’s battlefields. They taught us about the diversity of cultures that together create our national identity.  

They instilled in us a lifelong adoration and passion for all these special places have to offer.

Q&A With NPS American Indian Services Specialist Otis Halfmoon

Having worked with the National Park Service for 25 years, Otis Halfmoon is a wealth of information. He’s the kind of person you could listen to for days on end and you’d still want to hear more. From battlefields and historic trails to recreation areas and international affairs, we recently chatted with Otis about his National Park Service career and the importance of national parks.

My Trio Of Mother Figures

I have a mother, grandmother, and aunt of uncommon strength and kindness, and all together they make up my family. Growing up, I spent nights with my mother chatting about our days and falling asleep in the nook of her back while watching 1950s syndicated comedies, doing homework and riding to school every day with my grandmother, and spending weeknight dinners and summer vacations with my aunt. These are my childhood memories and I will always cherish them.

Spring Is Almost Here!

On Friday, we welcome the first official day of spring.

How will you show springtime that you’re excited it’s finally here?

We’ve got hundreds of places in mind that are great for celebrating the arrival of warmer weather – your national parks!

If you need some help brainstorming ideas, this list may help:

Red Foxes, Pacific Fishers, Pollinators & Trails

National Park Foundation grants connect youth to parks through educational programs, help inspire people to become the next generation of park stewards, and also protect and preserve our national parks. Our programs help expand and upgrade trails, restore landscapes, protect threatened habitats and wildlife, and preserve historic places.

Here are some specific examples of our grants and programs in action: