This month we're sharing different ways for you to connect with National Parks, from volunteering to family hikes to spelunking. Read more for links!

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Celebrate Your Public Lands

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Mark your calendar for September 28! National Public Lands Day celebrates our collective relationship to nature, promotes conservation, and encourages people to make use of public green spaces. You can honor our national parks by volunteering or visiting any of the 419 parks for free!

Stories of Perseverance

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National parks units throughout the country tell the story of 400 years of African American history, heritage, and culture. Through the support of the national park community, the stories of iconic figures such as Harriet Tubman, Carter G. Woodson, and more are brought to life and enhanced for present and future generations. Learn more about some of the sites honoring 400-years-worth of perseverance the National Park Foundation has helped preserve.

Calling All Urban Explorers

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Did you know some of our most exciting national parks are in, or just a stone's throw from America's biggest cities? From San Diego to Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix, and St. Paul – urban parks provide unique opportunities for residents and visitors to experience the natural, historical, and cultural heritage of our country in their own backyards. Enter your urban playground photos in the Share the Experience Photo Contest, an annual competition for amateur photographers, hosted by the National Park Foundation in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton and Recreation.gov.


Visit sharetheexperience.org to learn more about the contest, view a full listing of prizes and rules, and enter your favorite photos. But don’t wait – the deadline to enter is December 31!

Get Your Free National Park Owner's Guides

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Make your national park experience better than ever. These FREE downloadable national park Owner's Guides are filled with travel tips and information on must-see spots. It's your one-stop resource to discover all your national parks! Download today.

Support Your Parks

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

Rivers & Trails Are Calling

Still water at Lake Mead National Recreation Area reflects the rocky terrain that surrounds the man-made lake

A gust of wind on your cheeks as you walk to school or work or the store, and suddenly you feel the intense desire to throw off your responsibilities for the day (or the week). That’s the rivers and trails calling, and you must go! The rivers and trails preserved throughout the country each have a plethora of recreational opportunities for visitors, as well as rich histories, and views that sweep away your worries… at least for a little while. Next time you hear the call, check out one of these incredible spots for a memorable getaway.

Funky Spelunking Spots

Stalactites fill a cavern at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

When you think of national parks, you may think of lush forests, craggy canyons, and towering mountain ranges. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find magical underground rivers, majestic rock formations, and extraordinary ecosystems hidden in our nation’s caves. Here’s a list of some sites where you can spelunk and cave from coast to coast.

Start 'em Young

A dad holding his daughter, points out flowers among tall, lush plants at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

National parks bring people together through a love of nature, culture, and history … and kids are no exception! The hundreds of parks scattered across the country provide an opportunity for family bonding by sparking curiosity and establishing a connection with nature, leaving children feeling amazed and inspired. Use these five tips to get the kids out of the house, exploring nature, and loving it! And for extra credit, learn how to hike with the whole family from L.L. Bean.

Wear Your Park Pride All Year-round!

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Leaves are starting to change colors. The air is a little bit crisper. Pumpkin spice has reappeared! There is no better way to celebrate the arrival of fall than by stocking up on cozy apparel and accessories from the Official Find Your Park store. This month only, get free shipping and a pack of park-inspired playing cards with orders over $50. 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

Cape Hatteras black and white lighthouse

In which national park unit can you see and touch rocks that are half the age of the Earth?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Melinda Emerson, from Greene, Maine, who knew that in 1999 Cape Hatteras National Seashore moved a lighthouse on its grounds a half-mile inland to protect it from erosion.


Way to go, Melinda!

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Wow! Where Is That?

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