Frequently Asked Questions

Below you'll find answers to common questions. Can't find what you're looking for? Contact us at (202) 796-2500 or email [email protected].

Annual Recreation Passes

The America the Beautiful – the National Parks and Federal Recreations Land Passes are a suite of annual and lifetime passes that provide U.S. citizens and visitors an affordable, convenient way to access Federal recreational lands. The National Park Foundation does not produce the America the Beautiful passes. Applications and orders for the passes are processed and distributed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

You can purchase passes in person at certain park sites, though we do recommend calling in advance to confirm passes are in stock. Processing time for online and mailed applications can take several weeks. Looking for more information on park passes? Contact USGS directly by calling 1-888-275-8747 (ext. 3), or emailing [email protected].

Questions on Visiting Parks

For inquiries related to park visits, we suggest visiting the National Park Service website. There, you will be able to research parks, plan visits, and find contact information for specific park sites.

Unfortunately, NPF does not have any printed park maps that we can share. We invite you to review the digital content page on the National Park Service website for digital copies of park maps.

To help reserve campsites, arrange tours, and find other activities, we suggest visiting www.recreation.gov. For help in finding new parks to explore, visit www.findyourpark.com.

Mailings and Email Preferences  

If you would like to update your contact preferences, please send us an email request at [email protected], with your full name and mailing address as printed on the mailing. Please note – we plan our mailings six to eight weeks in advance, so you may receive one or two more pieces before the mailings end.

We periodically send mail through sources such as lists from other charitable organizations, subscriber lists to publications, or compiled lists from third party sources. Because of data privacy rules, we may not always have the address’s origin source. If you feel we received your information in error and would like to be removed from future National Park Foundation mailings, please email us at [email protected].

To be removed from our email list, you may email us at [email protected] or click “unsubscribe” at the end of any of our email communications.

National Park Foundation and National Park Service  

As the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation prides itself on working directly with the National Park Service to support projects and programs that protect our treasured national parks and connect all people to them. 

The National Park Foundation is committed to donor intent, so you can rest assured that your contributions only go toward the areas you have restricted them. 

Support like yours is critical to the health and well-being of our treasured national parks and always has been. We are incredibly grateful for your generosity. To find out more about our programs and projects, please visit the Our Work section of our website.  

NPF Board Member Roles 

When Congress established the National Park Foundation in 1967, it empowered the Secretary of the Interior to make all appointments to the Foundation’s board. Throughout our 50-year history, we have had board members from different parts of the country, different ages, genders, and races, and with different areas of expertise and perspectives. What brings them together is their shared commitment to our national parks. 

The National Park Foundation board’s specific purpose is to raise and invest funds to support our national parks. As such, the National Park Foundation and its board are not involved in matters of public policy nor National Park Service regulations. To learn more about our current members, you can visit our Board of Directors page.  

National Park Foundation and Other Charities 

Since the National Park Service’s inception in 1916, separate local park partners have played an important role in the parks community by supporting the success of a specific national park(s) with time, expertise, and privately-raised funds. Today, approximately 250 local philanthropic organizations across the country provide critical support to national parks and programs. The National Park Foundation’s community partnerships team serves as a catalyst, resource, and national voice for philanthropic park partners, also known as “Friends Groups.” 

Every Kid Outdoors Park Passes

To help engage and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates, Federal Land Management agencies launched the Every Kid Outdoors initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience federal public lands and waters in person throughout the school year.

Every year, beginning September 1st, all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid Outdoors pass at www.everykidoutdoors.gov, providing free access to national parks across the country.

In support of Every Kid Outdoors, the National Park Foundation raises funds to connect fourth graders to America’s public lands and waters through transportation grants – part of our Open OutDoors for Kids program. Outdoors transportation grants seek to remove barriers to accessing our nation’s public lands and waters, with a special focus on underserved and urban communities.

Ways to Donate 

The National Park Foundation accepts a wide variety of donations. You can review options on our Other Ways to Give page.    

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