In partnership with the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation piloted a volunteer network to strengthen the national parks community, enhance national parks, and improve the visitor experience.
Aligning with the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement, which inspires people from all backgrounds to discover and share their own unique connections to America’s national parks and community-based programs, this volunteer network took the next step to deepen their engagement and motivate them to become committed stewards through volunteerism, service corps, and financial support.
The volunteer network connected park partners and park enthusiasts across the country – from veterans’ organizations, to service corps, to science and education institutions, to friends groups, and others – to coordinate opportunities to increase volunteerism, service corps, and financial support to national parks. It empowered these partners to galvanize their local supporters to volunteer and give back to parks in meaningful ways. The network provided members with the tools, materials, resources, shared learnings, data collection, and funding to create and expand innovative volunteer programs and foster meaningful connections across sectors.
This support, in turn, helped parks protect their natural resources, maintain their cultural and physical assets, increase access for new audiences, and re-imagine their interpretive and educational programs. The volunteer network served as an umbrella for existing and new activities that support parks.