December is here! Tis the season to thank our amazing corporate partners, embrace the snowy weather with winter themed park adventures, and share other ways you can get involved.

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Embark on a National Park Winter Scavenger Hunt

Icicle stalactites cover the roof of a cave at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and through the cave's opening a coupld can be seen walking their dog on the frozen lake

Our national parks are spectacular during the colder months, as ice and snow transform these iconic American landscapes into otherworldly wonderlands. Thanks to fewer crowds and some of the most exquisite scenery of the year, going on a winter scavenger hunt might just be the best way to visit our national parks! Get your checklist ready and use this national park scavenger hunt guide to find each of these incredible sights.

Find Your Park-Perfect Gift

A wide view of the mountains dusted with snow at Grand Teton National Park

‘Tis the season to stock up on national park gifts for your loved ones (and yourself!)! NPF is proud to support America’s beloved landscapes, ecosystems, and historical sites in our national parks. This holiday season, give a gift that will help the National Park Foundation protect these treasures for generations to come. No matter where or when your loved one adventures, we’ve got you covered. (And while you’re at it, snag something for yourself … go on, we won’t tell!)

Corporate Support Helps Us Protect and Connect People to Parks

A view of snow dusted evergreens in the base of Yosemite Valley with mountains lining the edge in Yosemite National Park

For over 50 years, the National Park Foundation has safeguarded our national treasures, connected people to parks, and inspired the next generation of park stewards thanks in part to strategic corporate partner investments. From sustainability initiatives to field trip grants, their generous support has helped make our work possible. Learn more about the projects and programs our partners help bring to life, and which of your favorite companies share your commitment and passion for the parks.

Cultivating Citizen Scientists

A child peers into a small, clear jar of water collected at Anacostia Park

National parks are the perfect setting for children to unleash their curiosity and tap into their inner scientist. From exploring mystical geologic formations in caves, to tracing animal footprints along an unknown trail, to studying the ecosystems of local rivers and tributaries, national parks offer endless opportunities for scientific exploration. And it's when their classroom learning comes to life that students make a lasting connection with national parks through science, the environment, and their own potential for discovery. The future of our parks depends on the next generation. That's why we are committed to inspiring students and teachers to love and support our national parks. Learn more on our blog.

Get Your Free Holiday Certificate

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Need a unique gift idea or last-minute stocking stuffer? Make a donation to the National Park Foundation in honor of that special national park enthusiast in your life and present them with the holiday certificate! By giving the gift of national parks, you are helping protect America’s iconic landscapes, historic sites, and cultural treasures for future generations to enjoy.

Support Your Parks

A collage of Find Your Park merchandise including a baseball tee, beanie, and notebook

This holiday show off your park pride with Find Your Park gear!!

A child sitting on a sled being pushed downhill by a man on the snowy mountains of Lassen Volcanic National Park

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

Hit the Road and Help the Parks

A still taken from the linked video, showing an older man with his arm around a boy, looking up at a sequoia tree

The holidays are also the season of gratitude, and once again, the National Park Foundation is thankful for Subaru of America’s support of our national parks through its annual Share the Love® Event, running through January 2, 2020! Now in its 12th year, the event has raised over $10.6 million for our national parks! As part of this year’s Share the Love Event, Subaru will donate $250 to participating charitable partners for every new Subaru vehicle sold or leased from November 14, through January 2. Designate the National Park Foundation as your charity of choice and NPF will receive $250 to help care for the national parks you love!

Adaptive Adventuring Through National Parks

A group of people hiking a dirt path with steep terrain, helping a woman in a wheelchair get over an obstacle on the trail

For Nerissa Cannon, America’s national parks have always been her door to adventure. She grew up in a rock-climbing community and preferred to climb without gear to better feel the connection between herself and the wall. After her mobility declined, a friend with similar abilities encouraged her to get back on the wall. Nerissa started her adaptive adventuring journey by figuring out how to hike in a wheelchair and with crutches, and those new techniques led her to rekindling her love of climbing. Today, Nerissa is a Winnebago Industries explorer living in Southern Utah and frequents nearby national parks to climb. Learn more about her journey and how people of all abilities can experience our nation’s greatest treasures.

Last Call for Shutterbugs!

A woman adjusts the settings on her camera while standing in a snowy area with evergreens behind her

There’s still time to enter your national park 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. You have until December 31 to share your favorite images 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 today!

Walking in a Winter Wonderland

A close up of hiking boots halfway clipped into show shoes while the person stands in a snowy covered, mountainous area

Looking to make the most of the colder weather? Immerse yourself in the beauty found only by experiencing winter in national park winter wonderlands this season. Spot an elk in the snowy distance at Rocky Mountain National Park or go sledding in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. There are a variety of ways to enjoy our national parks this winter – download our Winter Wonderlands Owner’s Guide and discover winter activities in 15 national parks across the country.

Visiting the Most Visited National Park in America

The Great Smoky Mountains rise up behind a line of fall turned trees and a yellow, open field

Known for whimsical wildflowers, beautiful autumn leaves, alluring waterfalls, and abundant wildlife, it is easy to see why Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in America. Nestled in the crook of North Carolina and spilling into Tennessee, this park covers half a million acres and boasts 10 campsites, 11 picnic areas, and 16 mountain peaks. We’ve planned a perfect long weekend trip to help you see all that this gorgeous national park has to offer.

This Month's Quiz

The white, two story house, with green shutters, that was the home of Conrad Kohrs and was built by Johnny Grant, located at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Which national park unit – celebrating its 50th anniversary this month – honors the history and legacy of the only American president who also served as the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Jim Hartle, from Virginia Beach, VA who knew that Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site is a working ranch that sits on what was the headquarters of a late-19th century 10-million-acre cattle empire. This pioneer ranch, complete with original furnishings, preserves an important chapter in America’s history in the West.


Way to go, Jim!

A landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park with elk grazing on grass sticking out of the snow and snow covered evergreen trees and mountains in the background

Wow! Where Is That?

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