Our 2016 Impact: Safeguarding Our Nation’s Heritage
Our National Park System is made up of more than 400 stunning landscapes, iconic battlefields, cultural treasures, and significant historical sites. We have been working hard to protect these special places, whether its cleaning up debris from the Drakes Estero marine wilderness at Point Reyes National Seashore or restoring the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument.
Thanks to the incredible support of our national park community in 2016, we’ve continued preserving and protecting our natural, cultural, and historic parks. National Park Foundation’s grants are also helping train park staff, protecting landscapes and native plants, engaging volunteers, and making parks more accessible.
At Antietam National Battlefield, our support helped reconstruct a historic gravel walkway that is now accessible, allowing all visitors to experience the park in new ways. The walkway extends from the entrance of the cemetery to and around the Soldiers Monument, providing access to popular areas of the park. As the park plans for its 150th anniversary this year, even more people can now visit, enjoy, and learn at Antietam National Battlefield.
Take a look at our protect infographic, highlighting all the amazing work we did last year to protect our national parks! Thanks to our supporters for helping us restore these landscapes, preserve historic places, extend trails, and so much more. We are excited to continue our work and protect even more places in 2017!