A Look Back at a Year of Celebration

Katherine RivardNPF Blog
Zion National Park

This year, 2018, was one for the books! Celebrating the 50th anniversary since our establishment on December 18, 1967, the National Park Foundation kicked off another wonderful year of supporting the National Park System. And boy did we celebrate!

First, we looked back at our history — a history of improving the experience of visitors to national parks, restoring important places and pieces of history, building stronger communities, protecting wildlife, bringing students to national parks, increasing access for all, and more.

Then, we quickly got busy continuing to serve our national parks!

We announced that over 200,000 students would visit national parks in the 2018-2019 school year thanks to our Open OutDoors for Kids program, through grants totaling over $2.3 million.

Our funding enabled teachers to visit 17 national parks for professional development opportunities.

We supported efforts to save the native cutthroat trout population at Yellowstone National Park.

To help make national parks more complete, the National Park Foundation helped secure an area of land within the Petersburg National Battlefield, preserving coastline and a historic home in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, and ensuring that a 35-acre inholding within Zion National Park would be permanently preserved.

Blue sky with fluffy white clouds over the green grassy fields and the paved trail at Anacostia Park

Anacostia Park

National Park Service

We helped Anacostia Park with community-building efforts through an $861,000 grant.

New partnerships were forged with companies like Alpina Watches and La Colombe Coffee Roasters and proudly welcomed L.L.Bean as a premier partner of the #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque movement. We also celebrated long-standing ties with our partners, like ringing in our 11th year joining Subaru’s Share the Love Event.

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More people experienced the parks thanks to efforts like a “pop-up” in Seattle, which invited those passing by to take a moment and transport themselves to a national park thanks to the PARKTRACKS audio experience.

And we continued to share lesser-known parks and stories with even more people, highlighting the amazing work of National Park Foundation-funded trail crews like this incredible group of youth corps members at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the fascinating revolutionary history kept alive at Morristown National Historical Park.  

Though the National Park Foundation accomplished much in this celebratory year, our national parks continue to need support long into the future. And we’re up to the challenge. How will you choose to join us as we set forth into the second half of our century?

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