Programs that Protect


The national parks face many threats, from dangers like climate change to the continued depletion of their natural resources. Through your support, our programs will protect our special places as we work to preserve our country’s greatest collection of natural, historic, and cultural treasures.


How We Help

America’s national parks were established to preserve our country’s greatest collection of natural, historic, and cultural treasures. The National Park Foundation is dedicated to the promise that our national parks, and all they possess, are protected forever. As our environment and cultural legacy faces new challenges ranging from natural disasters, to a changing climate, to archaeological treasures being damaged or stolen – we seek to fund initiatives that demonstrate environmental leadership, promote sustainable practices, inspire innovative solutions, and motivate citizens to action.

The National Park Foundation is:

  • Investing $13M to the Elwha River restoration project.
  • Providing over $30M to build the Flight 93 National Memorial.
  • Supplying $67M to restore 6,600 acres of the Everglades.

How You Can Help

The national parks are under threat--they depend on the generous support of our friends to stay safe. Learn how you can protect what matters most by clicking here.

The Programs

A bend in the road along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Transportation Scholars

The Transportation Scholars program matches emerging professionals with substantial knowledge and expertise in transportation planning with parks...
Teachers monitoring water

Understanding Climate Change Through our National Parks

In an effort to help our next generation better understand the impacts of climate change and connect them to our national parks, the Parks Climate...
Volunteer using a saw

Delivering Real and Immediate Impact to our National Parks

In partnership with local national park Friends Groups and national park leaders, the National Park Foundation has identified a portfolio of eleven...
Little girl reading

Funding Transformative Change in Our Parks

The National Park Foundation recognizes that sometimes the smallest grants can make the largest differences. Impact Grants (up to $25,000) are...
Kids with Fort Sumter historian

America’s Best Idea

“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

Active Trails

The Active Trails program promoted healthy lifestyles while simultaneously protecting and enhancing these precious land and water trail resources...
Two happy teens helping at Canyon de Chelly

Connecting and Inspiring Native Youth Through Conservation

Reflecting one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America, the cultural resources of Canyon de Chelly--including distinctive...
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...
Elwha River Dam construction

Helping Support Resource Recovery

The removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams in Olympic National Park, the largest dam removal project in U.S. history, reopened more than 70...
Group of teachers being educated on lake ecology

National Park Tract and Land Preservation

In the past fifty years, the NPF has helped conserve over 25,000 acres of private land through partnerships with NPS, private donors, landowners, and...
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National Park Foundation programs are crucial to the continued growth of our national parks—and you are crucial to their ongoing success.