Embracing a Second Century of Parks
The National Park Service (NPS) preserves natural and cultural resources in more than 400 national parks across the country for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of all. Not surprisingly, parks are extraordinarily popular with Americans and a growing number of people from around the world. In the years ahead, park visitation is projected to increase and be highly concentrated in a relatively few national parks.
As visitation increases, especially at well-known, scenic parks in the west, the National Park Foundation (NPF) and its partners are harnessing the power of technology and innovation to help NPS plan for the needs of parks and park visitors in the future, while remaining focused on protecting the stunning natural landscapes.
We are expanding the ways people can experience parks, using emerging digital technology to bring parks to people, investing in new and upgraded visitor centers, modernizing campgrounds, and introducing park visitors to lesser-known parks in order to reduce the impact of increased visitation on NPS operations while protecting these pristine natural environments.