Our 2016 Impact: Connecting People to Parks

What the Parks Community Made Possible
April 24, 2017Farah AnwarNPF Blog

Our national parks saw a record-breaking number of visitors in 2016, thanks in part to the National Park Service Centennial and our #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque movement! We couldn’t be more excited about our work in connecting people to parks and inviting new audiences to explore all they have to offer.

In 2016, our programs engaged over 240,000 people, including 181,000 youth! A large part of that was through the Every Kid in a Park program which provided transportation for 4th graders to visit 191 national parks and public lands. Our expansion of the program allowed us to have community-based approach to engage communities in nine cities.

We connected over 1,225 adults with disabilities to canoeing activities, supported the first LGBTQ monument to be incorporated in the park system at Stonewall National Monument, and collaborated with over 7,700 partner organization.

Take a look at our infographic for even more information on how we are connecting people to parks. Our programs are continuing to connect new audiences to our national parks in 2017 and we look forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary with all of you this year!

Want to see more? Check out this infographic on our work in 2016 to protect our national treasures, or this one on how we work to inspire the next generation of park stewards!


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