We are celebrating National Women's History Month by looking back at role women had in our country's history and how the National Parks are preserving their stories.

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The Service and Sacrifices of Women During Wartime

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March is Women’s History Month and our national parks are overflowing with stories of trailblazing women — architects, suffragists, business leaders, and more. Many of them shone during the darkest periods of American history. In times of war, citizens take on greater responsibility and women always rose to the occasion. From the Revolutionary War to modern-day conflicts, discover some of these stories for yourself and see which parks keep them alive year-round.

Get Ready to Celebrate National Park Week 2019

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Cancel your plans for April 20-28! You’ll want to make time to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque and appreciate your favorite places during National Park Week. It all begins with the #FindYourPark Twitter chat before the event on Thursday, April 18 at 1 p.m. EST and a fee-free day on Saturday, April 20, during which all entrance fees will be waived. To start planning where to visit and how to participate in this year’s events, check out this post about National Park Week 2019.

Civil and Labor Rights at Chicago's First National Park

A row of houses in the Pullman Historic District

Pullman National Monument, which became Chicago’s first national park in 2015, is at the center of one of America’s earliest planned industrial communities. Visitors to the park can visit the Pullman factory and the surrounding neighborhood to learn about the lives of workers who took part in pivotal moments for the American labor movement. Visit our blog to learn how the National Park Foundation funding is helping to preserve this landmark and to introduce the youngest members of the community to its fascinating history.

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Support Your Parks

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Make a difference for America's treasured places – today and for years to come.

Dance All Night, Volunteer All Day

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For many, parks are places for health and fitness, places to kayak, hike, climb, and explore. At Glen Echo Park in Maryland, visitors are able to get their heart rates up as they dance away the evening. The historic ballroom lights up almost every weekend and the historic amusement park creates a return back in time for visitors of all ages. In addition to dances, events, films, and more, visitors are welcome to volunteer to support the park’s community efforts. Learn more about how to get healthy and keep this historic park thriving here.

Paddling into a New Season

Spring is just around the corner. Which warm weather activities are you most excited to welcome back to your leisure time routine? Consider paddling! Some of the most beautiful natural places in our parks are only accessible by water. In exchange for flexing your arm muscles, you’ll be able to journey within a canyon, explore massive sea caves, or discover uncharted coves. Take in the splendor of our national parks from your seat in a canoe, kayak, or raft at one of these 11 national parks.

We Can Do It with the Trust

The visitors center at Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park

Learn more about the inspiring women who lead Rosier the Riveter Trust, the local partner organization that supports Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park on our blog. As one of the organizations in NPF’s pilot program for the Strong Parks, Strong Communities capacity-building initiative, this group does so much to support the park. From educational programs to meet-and-greets with real “Rosies” who worked on the home front, the trust, the park, and the local community come together to create a truly unique partnership park.

Leave a Lasting Gift

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“Leaving a gift to the National Park Foundation is a great way to ensure that our parks are here for people to enjoy for generations to come.”


Have you considered a future gift to the National Park Foundation? Read Phyllis Webster’s story on our website and learn more about the ways you can support your national parks.

Spark Your Park Joy

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A new season means it’s time for fresh, park-inspired gear that are guaranteed to spark joy. With tons of new apparel and accessories on sale, there has never been a better time to check out the Official Find Your Park Store to gear up for your spring adventures. 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

The outside of the former Monroe Elementray School which is now Brown v Board of Education Historic Site

What national park unit celebrates the father of American landscape architecture who was largely responsible for the creation of urban parks and green spaces?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Adrienne Warrick, from Teaneck, NJ, who knew that Brown V Board of Education National Historic Site commemorates a 1952 U.S. Supreme Court decision that resulted from years of legal groundwork laid by the NAACP to stand against a segregated system.


Way to go, Adrienne!

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