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Parks of the Future

Reimagining the way we can experience our national parks

Our national parks have never been more popular. While it’s amazing to see more people enjoying nature and connecting to our country’s history, we must evolve the visitor experience to ensure we don’t overwhelm these delicate habitats in the coming years.

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Expanding Accessibility in Parks
Though there is no one experience for people with disabilities. That’s why the National Park Foundation is helping the National Park Service ensure that everyone can experience the magic of national parks.
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People are flocking to national parks in record numbers. And visitation is projected to increase even more in the coming years. It’s an exciting time in the history of the National Park System, but it is also putting a strain on the landscapes.

We know what you’re thinking. Isn’t the National Park Foundation (NPF) working to get more people in parks by improving access to them? Absolutely! Rather than discourage people from visiting these incredible places, NPF is helping find innovative ways to accommodate park visitors while protecting the stunning natural landscapes.

We are expanding the ways people can experience parks, using emerging digital technology to bring parks to people. We’re investing in state-of-the-art visitor centers and modernizing campgrounds. To reduce the burden on NPS operations and help keep the natural environments in pristine condition, we are introducing travelers to lesser-known parks that contain just as much adventure and natural beauty.

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By the Numbers

  • 8
    Visitor Centers
    In 2021, NPF helped build or enhance 8 visitor centers in national parks, from Badlands National Park to Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument.


Premier Partners

  • L.L.Bean

    L.L.Bean’s support of the Parks of the Future initiative is harnessing the power of technology and innovation to help parks plan for the future.

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  • Subaru of America

    The National Park Foundation is proud to recognize Subaru as our largest corporate partner, providing nearly $55 million in support since 2013.

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