Nature & Wildlife Conservation

NPS / Jacob W. Frank
Protecting native wildlife and restoring critical habitat for species-rich ecosystems across national parks

National parks offer an unparalleled experience for watching wildlife and appreciating the interconnected network of life in and around parks. In partnership with the National Park Service’s Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate, the National Park Foundation’s Nature & Wildlife Conservation program conserves native wildlife and restores critical habitat, helping to ensure optimal biodiversity. Committed to preserving the natural resources of parks for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations, the National Park Foundation provides countless opportunities across the nation to protect nature’s awe-inspiring wildlife and the critical habitats on which they rely. 


Together, we have an opportunity to study, protect, and contribute to some of the most biologically diverse landscapes in our nation—ensuring our parks teem with wildlife, from bison and bald eagles to ospreys and otters.

Monitoring and scientific studies are essential for the continued success of countless species. GPS collaring of mountain lions in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and brown and blacks bears in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve and tagging of California Condors at Redwood National and State Parks and Pinnacles National Park help the National Park Service to make the best management decisions for optimal biodiversity. Because of projects like these, we have seen the reintroduction of wolves back into their native range at Yellowstone National Park and gained invaluable insights through wolf monitoring, prey studies, genetic analysis, and disease monitoring.  


National parks hold many of our nation's most treasured land and waterscapes, from the majestic mountain ranges of Alaska to the vast sawgrass prairies of the Everglades. These special places are home to myriad species, but environmental changes and human impacts have reduced or negatively affected species’ ability to use them. Together, we can help restore habitats and improve their resilience.

Signature park projects to restore habitats are good for parks, wildlife, and people. From the monumental restoration of the Drakes Estero estuary in California’s Point Reyes National Seashore (for which harbor seals and kayakers have reclaimed in herds), to native longleaf pine plantings in Texas’s Big Thicket National Preserve and restoring degraded areas back to original vibrancy—signature projects represent a commitment to safeguarding habitat to help wildlife populations thrive.


With an increase of private philanthropy, the National Park Foundation is positioned to invest significantly in protecting our parks’ most extraordinary flora and fauna—providing funding for research, technology, and scientists to study and preserve the full breadth of life in our national parks. By partnering with the National Park Foundation, you help ensure that iconic species have the best chance of survival across their native ranges, and that the lands and waters set aside within the National Park System remain an abundant resource promoting ecological diversity across our parks.