Update On Your National Parks

October 17, 2013NPF Blog

We’re excited and thankful that your more than 400 national parks are up and running again. Please note that the schedule for each individual park may vary depending on staff size and complexity of operations. We recommend that you contact parks individually to find out their opening schedules.

And while we celebrate our parks reopening, we must also remember that the effects of the Federal government shutdown on your parks have been drastic. Here are just some of the numbers:

  • Approximately 11.4 million park visitors missed out on unforgettable memories and once-in-a-lifetime experiences because they were unable to access the parks.
  • Local park communities nationwide suffered an estimated loss of over $1 billion causing dramatic consequences for local business and organizations that support the parks.
  • Many of the Foundation's in-park programs were also impacted. Where possible, we are currently working with parks, schools and community organizations to reschedule and restore what was cancelled or postponed.
  • Dozens of our Ticket to Ride field trips were cancelled, preventing more than 6,000 students from visiting their national parks. About half of the Foundation's America's Best Idea programs were forced to cancel scheduled programs and activities. Parks like San Antonio Missions National Historical Park had to cancel programs that would have welcomed 500 youth to the park.
  • Many scheduled activities made possible by the Foundation’s Active Trails grants had to cancel their scheduled activities including Saguaro National Park and Mammoth Cave National Park.

While we work to repair and reschedule these missed opportunities, many of these losses suffered will never be recouped. This shutdown has reminded us all that America’s national parks are vitally important to our nation – and it is up to us to support them.

We hope you will stand with us as we continue our important work of protecting and preserving America’s national parks, and we invite to visit your national parks as soon as you can – and if you need some trip planning inspiration, download one, or several, of National Park Foundation’s FREE special edition Owner’s Guides! Click here to download.

Together, we can move forward and strengthen the treasured places that connect us all and bind us together as Americans. Thank you for being an integral part of our national park community!

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