“We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune.” –Theodore Roosevelt
Our national parks are a uniquely American idea, truly supported by all of us. We are inspired by the beauty that surrounds us. We seek the wild and untamed land, the places where history was made, the sites that honor our heroes, and we stand behind what really matters— protecting these sacred places.
All of us must do our part to protect our national parks—they are a uniquely American idea. Our mission is to the support the National Park Service, and through the National Park Foundation, we can all safeguard our national heritage, ensuring generations of national park enthusiasts can enjoy the parks we love.
Mission & History
The National Park Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through the support of private citizens, park lovers, stewards of nature, history enthusiasts, and wilderness adventurers. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the Foundation grew out of a legacy of park protection that began over a century ago, when ordinary citizens took action to establish and protect our national parks.
Today, the National Park Foundation carries on the tradition of early park advocates, big thinkers, doers and dreamers—from John Muir and Ansel Adams to President Theodore Roosevelt. Learn more about the National Park Foundation’s history here.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors oversees the National Park Foundation operations, philanthropic support, corporate partnerships and programmatic work in national parks. Learn more about our Board by clicking here.
Get the latest news about the parks and the work of the National Park Foundation in the NPF Press Room, found by clicking here.