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Area of Work

Communities & Workforce

Cultivating park stewardship in communities across the country

The National Park Foundation, together with our partners, supports an expansive network of national and local non-profit organizations, volunteer groups, and service corps dedicated to critical preservation and restoration projects across the country.

People walk up a dirt path through a field of ground plants. They carry backpacks and hard hats
A crew of recent college grads found a career path off the beaten path. In fact, most days they were in a national park quite literally making the path themselves.
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Our national parks provide a strong foundation for building community and cultivating stewardship. The National Park Foundation (NPF)'s Communities & Workforce programming helps strengthen community ties to our parks and address vital needs. We’re actively striving to grow a network of partners, as well as inspire a new, diverse generation of outdoor leaders. By strengthening the park partner community across the country, we can create positive change in the parks that are closer to home.

From supporting service corps crews that preserve historical sites, restore trails, and remove invasive species in parks, to strengthening the park community and collaborative efforts, to providing internship opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds and interests, NPF’s Communities & Workforce programs highlight the power of teamwork and collective dedication to preserve our nation’s most treasured places. Our communities are full of groups and individuals who roll up their sleeves to support our parks. By engaging with NPF’s Communities & Workforce programs, you play a role in this collective dedication to preserve our nation’s most treasured places.

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By the Numbers

  • $15
    Since 2018, NPF has granted more than $15 million to over 180 service corps crews.
  • 450
    Park Partner Organizations
    NPF supports the park partner community of over 450 organizations by providing resources to elevate their organizations and the work they do to support parks.
  • 266
    Intern and Fellowship Placements
    In 2021, NPF helped place 266 interns and fellows in parks and offices across the country.
  • 1.4
    Million Volunteers
    Since 2014, NPF funded over 1.4 million volunteers in parks across the country. These volunteers have contributed over 2.6 million hours of service to our parks.


Supporting Partners

  • Carhartt
Additional program support provided by American Express, Free People, and Publix Super Markets.