48 Years and Counting
Today marks 48 years since Congress established the National Park Foundation. That’s 48 years we’ve dutifully served as the official charity of America’s national parks; 48 years we’ve proudly partnered with the National Park Service to ensure our national heritage remains protected, vibrant, and relevant now and in the future.
If we may say so, 48 years never looked so good! And that’s thanks to you.
Philanthropy and stewardship are intertwined with the history of America’s national parks. Without impassioned national park supporters like you, we couldn’t make such impressive strides in providing a truly exceptional margin of excellence for our national parks.
As we celebrate this day, and the work we’ve been able to accomplish thanks to your support, we begin to look to the new year and the historic milestone on the horizon.
The National Park Service Centennial in 2016 will be not only an epic celebration of what’s been accomplished to date, but also a springboard for the next century for our national parks. It’s a critical moment for the national park community to come together and ensure all people recognize the importance of supporting these magnificent places.
This is the moment that reinvigorates us in our mission to protect America’s national parks; connect all people to the natural, cultural and historical wonder of our national inheritance; and inspire the next generation of passionate park stewards.
This is the moment when we commemorate what we’ve been able to accomplish in our last 48 years, and prepare to support our partners in their next 100 years (and beyond!) of service.
We can only do this with your help.
Help us ensure our national parks remain dynamic places of learning and recreation. They are yours, after all. If the history of stewardship in our national parks has taught us anything, it is that you are the parks and the parks are you. And we can’t do it without you.