It's a new year and we're spending 2020 in the national parks as much as possible!

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20 Things to Do in 2020

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Happy new year! A new decade brings with it opportunities to take on new challenges, and experiences. We’ve compiled a checklist to set the tone for 2020 – filled with history, culture, nature, and adventure. Start the year off right by getting inspired to find your park: visit new parks, create memories with loved ones, and more. When you complete an item on this list, we want to hear about it! Use #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque on social media. Adventure is out there!

Celebrating a Year of Achievements in Our Parks

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As we close the chapter on 2019, join us in celebrating another year of profound impact at our national parks. From protecting wild and scenic views of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, to preserving the historic homes of prominent figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. Carter G. Woodson, to engaging diverse youth in meaningful service and transforming parks into places of learning – our impact spans across natural, cultural, and historical sites. Read about the programs and projects that we achieved through the support of the community of park champions.

Take a Walk in His Footsteps

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This past Monday, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the day of service that honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and contributions. The day of service is a beautiful time to come together and carry forward the legacy that Dr. King left all of us. Year-round, our national parks are wonderful places to keep his memory alive, take a walk in his footsteps, and experience life from his perspective. The National Park Foundation is honored to help preserve Dr. King’s story and make it accessible to all.

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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.

Find Your Perfect Park

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Discover new parks this year with the Find Your Park Quiz! With so many parks to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one to visit next. Do you prefer to hit the trail or relax by the water? Are you a history buff or an outdoor explorer? And do you know which parks offer the activities you’re interested in? With the Find Your Park Quiz, you provide the answers and we’ll help you find the perfect park for your next great adventure.

South Bound and Down to Georgia

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With rugged mountains, vast farm fields, great rivers, and historic cityscapes, Georgia’s national parks allow you to trek through amazingly diverse terrain. These historic places and lush landscapes also document a remarkable stretch of human events, from prehistoric mounds at Ocmulgee to Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign headquarters and the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Make 2020 the year you take the perfect long weekend trip to the Peach State.

At These National Parks, It's Snow Problem

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Wintry mix? Plunging temperatures? At these national parks, that’s snow problem. In fact, cold weather is good weather. As some creatures hibernate, see national parks come to life in a whole new way during the winter months. Instead of burrowing into your blankets, bundle up and find yourself snowshoeing, ice fishing, mushing, stargazing, tobogganing, and more through a winter wonderland. It’s going to be dark and cold, but that’s exactly why you should get out there. Winter is sure to become your new favorite season of adventure.

In Case You Missed It

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Do you follow us on social media? If not, here are few things you may have missed this past month.



This Month's Quiz

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Which national park unit includes the port from which author Herman Melville departed on the 18-month voyage that inspired his 1851 novel Moby Dick?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Ken Kalsem, from Onalaska, WI who knew that William Howard Taft National Historic Site honors the history and legacy of the only American president who also served as the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.


Way to go, Ken!

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Wow! Where Is That?

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