This November we're sharing all the ways we're grateful for our national parks and all the people who work hard to support them from service crews to rangers to our corporate partners.

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We're Grateful for All You Do

An NPS Ranger helps kids with a clay pottery craft

With the holiday season fast approaching, we feel especially thankful this time of year. And when it comes to our national parks, there are countless reasons to count our blessings. From all the men and women who wear the green and gray, to invaluable service corps members who do the hard work of keeping parks safe and open, and beyond – to people like you who provide continuous support to our nation’s treasures. We’re thankful for you.

Gifts That Keep Giving

Fog rolls through the trees in the snow dusted Yosemite Valley

When it comes to gift giving, it’s the thought that counts. Why not choose a holiday gift that reminds your loved one of our nation’s beloved national parks all year round? Thanks to our corporate partners, we have assembled a gift guide of perfect presents that will both delight the recipient and support our national parks (which they’ll absolutely love!). Happy holidays – and happy haul-idays – from your friends at the National Park Foundation!

Share The Love of National Parks

National Park Foundation employee pulls invasive vegetation from Rock Creek Park

It’s back! The National Park Foundation is proud to participate in Subaru of America’s annual Share the Love Event, happening now through January 2. Now in its 12th year, the event has raised over $10.6 million to help protect over 100 national parks! Learn more and find a local Subaru of America retailer near you.

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Support Your Parks

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Show off your love for America’s
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Two people walk the boardwalks in Yellowstone National Park while snow flurries around them

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

National Tree Lighting is Just Around the Corner

he National Christmas Tree glowing bright during the 2018 lighting ceremony, with the White House gleaming in the background

It’s time to get into the holiday spirit! The 97th National Christmas Tree Lighting celebration will take place Thursday, December 5 on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House). Together with the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation is pleased to co-host this time-honored holiday tradition. The ceremony will be broadcast on Monday, December 9 at 8 PM EST on REELZ and at 9 PM EST on Ovation. For more updates and details please visit thenationaltree.org and follow @TheNationalTree on Twitter.

Investing in the Jefferson Memorial

Will Shafroth, National Park Foundation CEO, and David Rubenstein walk together inside the Thomas Jefferson Memorial

Thanks to the collective efforts of the National Park Service, National Park Foundation, and businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein, the visitor experience at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial is going to be dramatically improved. A donation from Rubenstein to the National Park Foundation will fund a completely new and expanded state-of-the-art museum in the memorial, incorporating new designs with tactile and auditory elements and providing more perspectives as it shares Jefferson’s multi-faceted story. In addition, new exhibits will be designed with universal accessibility in mind.

Even More Ways to Make a Difference

A man walking along a trail in a forest in Yosemite National Park

America’s national parks were established by visionaries who wanted to protect the places we love. Today, this vision is carried on with your help. As we head into the holiday giving season, here are a few more ways you can support our national parks:



However you choose to support, we are so thankful for your partnership and know the parks are stronger with friends like you!

Celebrate the Legacy of Harriet Tubman

The red brick childhood home of Harriet Tubman stands tall among large trees with a red barn peeking out in the background

Honor the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman at two national park sites that bring her extraordinary story to life. From her early years in Maryland where she escaped to freedom and worked with the Underground Railroad to her service during the Civil War as a nurse and caretaker to her later years as a suffragist fighting for equality and justice, these parks tell the remarkable tale of this iconic figure in American history.

Restoring Our National Trails and Wild & Scenic Rivers

A view from the top of a hill in Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail that looks down on a forest filled valley with more larg hills and mountains rising in the on the far side of the valley

Over 50 years after the passage of the National Trails and Wild & Scenic Rivers Acts, we have a system that spans across the country, including over 60,000 miles of trail and 13,413 miles across 226 rivers. In an effort to connect more people to their local rivers and trails, the National Park Foundation provided funding to projects at 20 national park sites within the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System to help restore natural resources, make them more accessible to visitors, and engage community members in their continued preservation. Learn more about the projects on our blog.

Enter the Share the Experience Contest

A man stands on top of a rock formation with his camera pointed and ready to caputre the scenery around him

Did you take a trip this summer or fall to a national park? It’s not too late to enter your photos in the 2019 Share the Experience Photo Contest, an annual competition hosted by the National Park Foundation in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton and Recreation.gov.

Nnow through December 31, share your most inspiring, spectacular photos for the chance to win amazing cash prizes, hotel stays and much more! One lucky winner will also have the chance to have their photo featured on the 2021 Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Don't miss out – submit your photos now at www.sharetheexperience.org.

When a Sword Just Isn’t Enough

A raised boardwalk winds between trees in Moores Creek National Battlefield

Imagine you’re a Scottish Highlander living in North Carolina in 1776, defending the King of England. It’s 5:30 a.m. and you’ve been up all night in this swampland. You and most of your Scottish friends from around Upper Cape Fear Valley didn’t even receive a gun – you’re stuck with your dagger and broadsword. There are two sides to every story, including the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge, the first Patriot victory of the American Revolution.

This Month's Quiz

The front of the Clara Barton house, framed with flowering trees and a lush lawn

Which national park unit is a working ranch that sits on what was the headquarters of a late-19th century 10-million-acre cattle empire?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Brian Williams, from Londonderry, NH, who knew that Clara Barton National Historic Site honors the founder of the American Red Cross. Barton tended to Union soldiers in the Civil War before advocating for and serving as the first president of the American Association of the Red Cross.


Way to go, Brian!

A bear walks in the red and orange fall brush with snowy mountains in the distance in Denali National Park and Preserve

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