WASHINGTON – Will Shafroth, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation (NPF), issued the following statement regarding the passage of bipartisan Senate Resolution 582 (S. Res. 582) recognizing April 16-24, 2022, as National Park Week.
“The National Park Foundation applauds Senators Angus King (I-ME), Steve Daines (R-MT), and the rest of the United States Senate on their leadership and support of National Park Week through S. Res. 582. Their support of national parks highlights the importance of protecting and preserving the more than 420 national park sites for current and future generations.
Each year, the National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service and the robust park partner community celebrates national parks during National Park Week. This year, we cherish it even more as parks, monuments, historic sites, battlefields, and other sites have provided and continue to provide a vital space for physical and mental wellness for children and adults during a global pandemic.
National Park Week provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate the positive impact the Foundation and park partners are making for the national parks community. The National Park Foundation raises over $100 million in private funds each year with tens of millions of dollars in impact spread around national parks across the country. Some of the grants provided by the National Park Foundation are federal dollars appropriated by Congress that are then matched with private, philanthropic funds. This National Park Week, we especially celebrate the public private partnerships that support the more than 420 national parks across the country for all people
For more information about National Park Week, visit www.nationalparkweek.org.”
About the National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation works to protect wildlife and park lands, preserve history and culture, educate and engage youth, and connect people everywhere to the wonder of parks. We do it in collaboration with the National Park Service, the park partner community, and with the generous support of donors, without whom our work would not be possible. Learn more at nationalparks.org.