This month the National Park Foundation is looking forward to celebrating Memorial Day in our national parks along with other great stories about conservation efforts, family friendly walkways, and how to share your images from your past park visits.

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Honoring the Fallen

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On Memorial Day and year-round, we honor and remember those who have died in service to this country. Many national parks keep their stories alive, preserving the places where the ultimate sacrifices were made. In preparation for the holiday, learn about some of the early heroes who fought for our country’s independence, and consider a visit to a national park that commemorates our military and its history. From battlefields to historic trails, there are many ways to honor their sacrifice.

Conservation of the Badlands Bison

Two bison walking towards the layered rock spires that form the horizon in Badlands National Park

By the turn of the 20th century, the number of bison that once roamed freely across the continent was dwindling. Today though, the herd at Badlands National Park in South Dakota is expanding and reaching a healthy size. The National Park Foundation is proud to have helped with the project that grew the park’s bison population to approximately 1,200, a momentous increase from the 50 bison first reintroduced into the park in the 1960s.

FDR's Triple C Threat Against Poverty and Deforestation

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The National Park Foundation supports service corps across the country to help maintain your national parks and inspire the next generation of park stewards; but do you know how this tradition of trail crews began? In the 1930s, Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to fight unemployment and improve the country’s infrastructure. History buffs will delight in this feature about the CCC and the momentous impact it had on America’s public lands.

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Support Your Parks

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Strolling Through Your National Parks

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#FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque adventures are the perfect family outings, even if the little ones aren’t up for 10-mile hikes yet! Besides Junior Ranger programs and visitor center programs, many parks have accessible paths perfect for exploring on wheels. Check out this list of stroller-friendly parks or check with your local national park about accessible trails in advance of your next trip to ensure everyone can take full advantage of these incredible places.

Volcanoes of the National Park System

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Of the 169 active volcanos existing in the U.S. today, many can be found within the boundaries of our national parks. Just as beautiful and majestic as mountains, volcanoes are the far more unpredictable cousin who could act up at any time. Learn more about these amazing geological formations on the blog and be inspired to hike your way around them next time you #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque.

Share Your Favorite Park Memory

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National parks have something special for everyone. From hiking to stargazing to discovering ancient cultures, there are endless opportunities to learn and explore in your national parks. See what fellow park lovers have to say and share your own memories in our gallery.

An Easy Way to Protect Your Parks

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“With all the funding challenges the National Park Service faces, I believe it’s more important than ever for private citizens like me to contribute what they can to support our parks.”

Donna Boone feels passionately about our national parks and wants to make sure they are protected for future generations to enjoy. Read Donna’s story and learn how to leave a legacy gift to the National Park Foundation.

April Showers Bring May Markdowns!

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Summer is right around the corner and we are celebrating with tons of park-inspired apparel and accessories on sale. The Official Find Your Park Store has just the gear you need to show off your love of the parks, rain or shine. 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

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Which national park houses a former president's childhood farm, school, and railroad depot, in addition to his campaign headquarters?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Penelope Henriksen, from Elkhorn, NE, who knew that Cuyahoga Valley National Park is considered the “spark” of the modern-day environmental movement after its river caught on fire (for the 10th time) in 1969.

Way to go, Penelope!

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