How to Get in on the #WeAreParks Celebration

50 Ways to Party with the National Park Foundation
Katherine RivardNPF Blog
Kids enjoying water activities in a National Park
Dawn Kish

Not to brag but if we may say so ourselves, we’re making 50 look pretty darn good. For the past 50 years, we’ve eagerly tackled countless projects with the National Park Service – and we’re just as proud of our work today as the day this partnership started. We’re committed to each other and that bond has only gotten stronger with time – thanks to you.

Your support of our work is what makes this all possible!  

Tradition states that 50th anniversaries should be celebrated with gold — but no need to shower us with precious metals. Instead, we’ve crafted 50 ways you can celebrate along with us so that everyone can join the party!

Hiker in Yellowstone National Park near Pleasant Valley.
Jacob W. Frank/National Park Service Flickr

1. Keep the partnership going strong by donating online today!

2. Rather not give online? You can give via snail mail: 1110 Vermont Ave, NW, Suite 200 Washington, D.C. 20005

3. Snag a national park pass so you’re ready for unlimited #FindYourPark adventures this year.

4. Accessorize appropriately with NPF swag.

5. Or just rep’ your love of parks by wearing #FindYourPark gear.

6. It’s never too early to instill a love of parks in the tiny tots.

7. Spend a night in, coloring pictures of the parks you’re helping to protect.

8. Make sure you have all the latest updates from us by signing up for our GoParks newsletter.

9. Share your most memorable park experiences with others!

10. Appreciate a clear night sky in Redwood National Park.

Starry night sky

Redwood National & State Parks

11. Share your park adventures on social by using the hashtags #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque.

12. Download an Owner’s Guide to plan your next adventure.

13. Follow and like us on Facebook

14. Think long-term by estate planning.

15. Read about the scientific research created from work done at the national parks thanks to grants from the National Park Foundation.

16. Create a Pinterest board of your 2018 park bucket list.

17. Support sites of remembrance.

18. Help more kids visit the parks by opening the outdoors for kids.

19. Double tap on @GoParks’ pics on Instagram.

20. Showcase your park photography know-how by entering the Share the Experience contest.

21. If you work for a foundation or a company, let’s partner up!

22. Take a road trip.

Grace with Blue Subaru reading Map
Victor Wei

23. Help national parks navigate and recover from disasters.

24. Give your talent and time by becoming a VIPer for the glory and the good of the parks.

25. Let’s make it official and go steady with us.  

26. Plan a future gift to the parks.

27. See if your workplace will match your gift or sign up for workplace giving.

28. Become a Junior Ranger (regardless of your age – it’s a ton of fun).

29. Trek the Tenaya South Trail in Yosemite National Park or another trail restored thanks to grants from the National Park Foundation.

30. Learn about the Elwha River in Olympic National Park.

31. Experience the profound story of Flight 93 National Memorial.

32. Go on a night-time bike ride in Saguaro National Park.

33. Unwind and take some deep breaths as you de-stress in a park near you.

A small group of people doing a yoga sun salutation on the trails of Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument
National Park Service

34. See the beautifully-restored stained glass around the front door of the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument.

35. Visit Puebloan dwellings at Mesa Verde National Monument.

36. Bookmark our blog for awesome travel ideas and to stay up-to-date.

37. Discover which local park nonprofit is active near you.

38. Understand the importance of restoration at Wupatki National Monument.

39. See what George Washington saw.

40. Or pretend you’re Abe for a day at Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace National Historical Park.

41. Visit a lesser-known park.

42. Reblog something you like on from our Tumblr.

43. Get savvy about invasive species.

Invasive lake trout at Yellowstone National Park
Jay Fleming/NPS

44. Store your food properly while picnicking in Glacier National Park.

45. Explore Alaska’s wilderness, appreciating native marine species in their natural habitats.

46. #FindYourPark/#Encuentra Tu Parque by rail!

47. Get a gift from one of our partners that gives back.

48. Tweet at us – we love talking to park lovers!

49. Learn the history of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.

50. Inspire others to join the community too – share why you give using #WeAreParks!

These 50 ways to celebrate are only the tip of the iceberg! Feel free to use our suggestions or find your own way to celebrate alongside us all year. The opportunities are endless and we can’t wait to see how you take part in this year’s celebrations. After all, we all have a role to play in protecting these gems since the national parks are for all of us – #WeAreParks! 

Last updated January 11, 2018.


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