Programs that Connect


Bringing people to the national parks, giving them unprecedented opportunities to connect with the outdoors, is a crucial part of National Park Foundation. Through our programs, we connect all to our parks, and your support makes that possible.


How We Help

The National Park Foundation is dedicated to celebrating our nation’s rich diversity – supporting equal and abundant opportunities for all audiences to experience, enjoy, and create life-long relationships with our magnificent national parks. We also dedicate ourselves to bringing America’s national parks to the people – empowering our parks and their programs as engines for sustainability, volunteerism and stability in communities big and small. In short, we are committed to connecting all Americans with the rich natural, historical, and cultural heritage preserved by National Park System.  After all, the national parks belong to every American – past, present, and future.

The National Park Foundation is:

  • Creating the American Latino Heritage Fund to preserve and protect the rich legacy and history of American Latino culture.
  • Restoring 250 miles of waterways and trails, connecting parks to communities and promoting healthy lives.
  • Embracing diversity with the African American Experience Fund, which supports over 30 national park sites including the Ebenezer Baptist Church and Little Rock Central High School.

How you can help 

National Park Foundation programs depend on the ongoing support of partners like you. Please learn how you can support parks by clicking here.

The Programs

Grasses along a rocky coast

Giving Students the Chance to Visit National Parks from Their Schools

Electronic Field Trips give students the opportunity to learn about a particular topic through national parks they may never get a chance to visit...
Kids with Fort Sumter historian

Connecting Diverse and Underserved Communities with Our National Parks

“The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” premiered on PBS in September 2009. The America’s Best Idea program connected diverse, underserved and...
Child climbing at Obed WSR

Building and Preserving Trails to Get People Outside

The Active Trails program promoted healthy lifestyles while simultaneously protecting and enhancing these precious land and water trail resources...
Girls with NPS Ranger Hat
America’s Best Idea

Connecting Native American Youth with Yosemite

Take care of nature, and nature will take care of you. This is the theme that a world renowned climber and a Tribal Elder from the Southern Sierra...
Starry night sky
Impact Grant

Preserving the Night Sky

As part of a 2012 Impact Grant, Redwood National and State Parks were able to increase public awareness and significantly reduce light pollution...
Saguaro at dusk
Active Trails

Nighttime Adventures in Saguaro

Through NPF's Active Trails program, Saguaro National Park's Pedals and Parks program utilized creative methods to bring kids, youth, and their...
Crowds of People on Sandy Hook Beach at Gateway NRA

Helping protect the New York and New Jersey coasts.

Gateway is a 26,000 acre recreation area located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area. The park extends through three New York City...
Person holding up Olympic National Park Ocean Steward patch
Active Trails

Promoting 'Leave No Trace' Programs in Olympic National Park

Thanks to NPF's Active Trails program, Olympic National Park provided a Leave No Trace education program for hikers, members of local scout troops,...
View over the water at the jagged shore of Pictured Rocks
Impact Grant

Protecting Native Artisanship

An Impact Grant allowed the Lakeshore to engage a professional Anishinabe Native American birch bark canoe builder to perform weekend demonstrations...
Three people at Saguaro National Park

Helping Youth Inspire Others

For many of us the Giant Saguaro cactus, silhouetted by the setting sun, is the universal symbol of the American West. And yet, these majestic plants...
Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet

Jazz Music and History Preserved in New Orleans

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park was established to celebrate the origins and evolution of America's most widely recognized indigenous...
A Creek in Prince William Forest Park in January

Connecting Washington, DC Area Youth With Nature

Established in 1936, the 15,000 acre Prince William Forest Park is the largest protected natural area in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region...
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