The National Parks hold amazing history about African Americans and the role they had in shaping this country.

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Highlighting African-American History

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February is Black History Month, and many of our national parks bring African-American stories to life year-round. Honoring the contributions of individuals like Mary McLeod Bethune and Frederick Douglass, national parks also share stories of groups like the Buffalo Soldiers. After the Civil War, black soldiers were able to enlist as regulars, rather than volunteers, in the U.S. Army for the first time. The enlisted were valiant soldiers and some of the country’s first park rangers! From Fort Larned National Historic Site to Yosemite National Park, Learn more about their influence at parks across the country.

An Iconic Leader's Home to be Preserved

A red brick house that is Martin Luther King Jr's former home

The National Park System shares stories from every period of American history. Now, thanks to support from the National Park Foundation, the family home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King will be preserved as part of Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park. This addition to the system will enable the National Park Service to tell a more complete American story, and to teach about the life and family of one of the country’s most iconic leaders.

Post Shutdown Update

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We’re so thankful that National Park Service staff are back at work. And, we’re incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support of the Park Restoration Fund. As the National Park Service assesses each unique situation and determines needs, we’ll be deploying the funds raised to help restore our national parks. In addition, we’re heartened by the thousands of people who signed up to hear more about how they can volunteer and support their local parks! Thank you to everyone who was willing to be a part of this movement during this critical time.

A World of Learning at Badlands National Park

A wide landscape of the buttes and pinnacles in Badlands National Park

The National Park Foundation's Open OutDoors for Kids program enables students across the country to take advantage of the vast educational resources at national parks. Last year, over 200 students visited Badlands National Park through the program. Field trips included an overnight camping trip where students studied insects and learned about the park’s Badlands Bats program. Check out the awesome experiences the students enjoyed on our blog.

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Romance Year Round

The lighthouse in Acadia National Park at sunset

There’s a reason so many marriage proposals happen in national parks: what could be more romantic than sharing a moment with the one you love in a setting that’s pretty enough to make your heart burst? Whether it’s February 14, July 4, or a just a Wednesday in September, consider a date or getaway in a national park. Still not sold? This post suggests 5 parks to visit with your special someone and will have the romantic in you springing to plan a #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque trip.

400 Years of African-American Resilience

A stone military structure on Chesapeake Bay that is Fort Monroe

In 2019, we reflect on 400 years since the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the English colonies on the site of what is now Fort Monroe National Monument in Hampton, Virginia. The 400 Years of African-American History Commission was established last year to recognize and highlight the resilience and contributions of African-Americans. Read more here about the commission’s 2019 plans for programming and how you can take part.

Protecting Parks for Future Generations

Jay Lindsey leaning against large rocks

Jay Lindsey’s most powerful memories of visiting national parks are ones in which he has felt totally awestruck: whether it be camping at Grand Canyon National Park during college, or visiting Fort Sumter National Monument during the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Jay is passionate about protecting the parks for future generations, which is why he has decided to include a gift to the National Park Foundation in his will.


“After all,” he says, “I was able to see these places in all their glory because of those who came before me and protected them. That’s what a legacy is all about. It’s what you leave behind.”


Read more about Jay’s story on our website and learn how you can create a future gift to the National Park Foundation.

A Colorado Park for the Bucket List

A photographer setting up a camera to capture a full rainbow covering the canyon

The West has no dearth of incredible national parks, but not all of them receive the same celebrity. If you haven’t already planned your next #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque trip this year, be sure to add Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park to the top of your list. Sweeping views from the top of the canyon and endless trails will make the trip unforgettable. Don’t have the time or energy to hike through the park? Even a drive through the park will give you incredible views and the chance to see the area’s wildlife. Read on here for even more details about this national park, filled with some of the steepest cliffs on the continent.

Show Off Your Park Pride

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Dreaming of warm weather outdoor adventures? Or just want to cozy up for another Netflix binge while winter drags on? Whichever you prefer, the Official Find Your Park Store has the gear you need. The best part? One hundred percent of the proceeds from your purchase go to the National Park Foundation to help preserve and protect America’s greatest treasures.

This Month's Quiz

Sand dunes in Death Valley National Park

What national park unit commemorates a 1952 US Supreme Court decision that resulted from years of legal groundwork laid by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to stand against a segregated system?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Judi Kolada, from Reno, NV, who knew that Death Valley National Park holds the record for highest air temperature on earth, is the most arid location in the country, yet still boasts over 1000 different plant species!


Way to go, Judi!

Snow dusted path and rolling flat lands at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

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