We invite you to join us and make a difference for the national parks and programs you love. Whether you give, share, join, or do all three, we’re grateful that you are a part of the park community!
With over 400 national parks across the country, National Park Week is a great time to discover a new park, learn more about parks, and show these special places that you care. The National Park Foundation (NPF) is proud to protect wildlife and park lands, preserve history and culture, educate and engage youth, and connect people everywhere to the wonder of parks. It’s work we do 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.
Join the Celebration
National Park Week is a wonderful time to give back to the parks that give us so much. Join us in celebrating not only 400+ national parks, but the work done by NPF and our partners to ensure parks thrive and spark wonder for generations to come. Throughout the week we’ll be highlighting specific NPF programs and projects that support parks, local communities, and the people who care for them.
Sparking Collaboration & Opportunity
Service corps crews, such as those supported by NPF, work on projects to address recreation, conservation, disaster response, and community needs. Service corps participants receive on-the-job training, leadership skills development, and a broader awareness about careers with public lands. Service corps programs also facilitate connections to parks and help inspire a sense of belonging. NPF funding supports a vast array of service corps partners including those that deploy single-identity crews, which help participants feel safe and comfortable as they explore parks and possible career paths within them. These crews can be centered around shared identities such as people with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+, Latino, women-identifying, and Native American. NPF is committed to connecting people of all identities to the adventures, lessons, and experiences that national parks offer.
The impact these crews have on our parks is considerable – in 2021, service corps crews supported by NPF built, restored, and maintained over 800 miles of trails and planted more than 60,000 trees and other plant species. From removing debris from our seafloor to restoring a boundary fence line in the Grand Canyon, these teams of dedicated individuals are ensuring our parks are enjoyed for generations to come. Since 2018, NPF has supported more than 130 service corps crews.
On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, join NPF and the National Park Service Youth Programs Division, in partnership with The Corps Network, for the virtual event “Our Park Career Path: Corpsmembers on their Growth as Park Stewards." Current and former service corps crew members will share how their experiences impacted their personal development, their national parks, and local communities.
Sparking Discovery & Curiosity
National parks belong to all of us, and it’s important that we all feel welcome and safe when we visit them. NPF’s ParkVentures program addresses obstacles that hinder communities from having full and enduring connections to parks. By investing in leaders and organizations who have long been removing barriers and bringing people together for joy-filled and meaningful experiences outdoors, ParkVentures expands access to the outdoors and connects more people to the benefits of nature.
In its inaugural year, ParkVentures is supporting 58 projects that focus on the core themes of representation, accessibility, and interpretation – investing more than $1.1 million in grants to equity-focused outdoor leaders and organizations. From a Camping to Connect program in Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area for young men of BIPOC communities to an eight-week program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Central Alabama for youth to visit Freedom Riders National Monument and other nearby parks, ParkVentures is helping people experience the social, mental, and physical health benefits of spending time outside.
Sparking Innovation & Action
Within the more than 400 national parks across the United States, the National Park Service manages the largest number of constructed assets of any civilian agency in the federal government – just think of all the buildings, maintained landscapes, trails, and utilities you encounter when you visit a park! To ensure that these places are protected and enjoyed for years to come, it’s critical that our parks implement practices to improve sustainability and reduce the parks’ environmental impact. NPF’s work in resilience and sustainability is helping the parks do just that – making park infrastructure more environmentally friendly and sustainable while enhancing environmental stewardship.
Projects that keep our parks green range from multi-year waste reduction initiatives and all-electric bus fleets to the installation of water bottle refill stations, solar panels, LED lights, and more. These measures are helping parks think and plan long-term for a greener future, ensuring they are resilient and sustainable for the benefit of both parks and the people who love them.
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