March is Women's History Month and we're sharing the stories of women in our national parks from today and long ago.

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A Note to Our Community

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We know there is a lot going on in the world right now. We also know how much the parks mean to you and how they can be a place of solace and hope for us all. If you are unable to get to a park, here is our most recent edition of GOPARKS to help bring the parks to you. For the latest information visit the NPS Public Health Update page. In the meantime, we want to say THANK YOU for all of your support for the national parks! We are incredibly grateful to have this family to turn to.

Trailblazing Women

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National parks across the country preserve and share stories of trailblazing women who dared to imagine a different future. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed American citizens voting rights that "shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." A century later, it’s time to call on a new generation to recognize the breadth and depth of women’s roles in shaping America. NPF's Women In Parks initiative supports projects and programs that help the National Park Service share a more comprehensive American narrative that includes the voices of women.

Outdoor Adventures for Youth in Urban Communities

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Thinking back to school field trips evokes nostalgia for many of us. NPF’s Open OutDoors for Kids program connects students to meaningful field trips that promote active learning in the outdoors. Spend a day in the life as students from Los Angeles, California exploring the ecological and cultural features of their local national park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Learn how NPF has connected more than one million students to educational programming at national parks across the country!

Celebrate National Park Week 2020 With NPF

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Make time to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque and appreciate your favorite places during National Park Week 2020. It all begins with a Twitter chat before the big week on Thursday, April 16 at 1 p.m. EST. Join us online and start planning how to participate in this year’s events!

Becoming a Park Ranger: An Artistic Journey

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It’s the kind of art that catches your eye, the kind of art that invites you to be a part of the picture by envisioning yourself in the story. It’s the kind of art that stops you in your tracks. That’s exactly what happened when we came across National Park Service Guide Elijah Prince’s artwork outside a classroom at President’s Park in Washington, DC. Elijah created a series of paintings depicting a young black girl’s life through the lens of national parks – through field trips as a child, all the way to becoming a park ranger as an adult. See the series and discover the inspiration behind Elijah's artwork.

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Support Your Parks

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This spring, show off your park pride with NPF gear!

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Sledding Paradises in National Parks

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There’s nothing quite like the euphoric thrill of sliding down a hill – the sudden rush of wind in your face as you soar along the slopes. National parks across the country provide the perfect spots to pick up a sled and cruise downhill in style. Whether sliding down the fresh snowfall at Lassen Volcanic National Park or sailing down the powdery white gypsum dunes in the sunshine at White Sands National Park - at these national parks, sledding is an all-weather sport.

Celebrating the Work of Buffalo Soldiers in Alaska

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Among the first guardians of our public lands were the Buffalo Soldiers, a regiment of African Americans in the U.S. Army. These patriots left a legacy of protecting communities and preserving the beauty of the land for us all to enjoy today. Join Fitz Henley, host of The Journeyman and champion of our national parks, in his quest for adventure as he discovers the work of these remarkable men on a visit to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park.

The Healing Power of Our Parks

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Janean Mann’s love of parks began at just three years old when she first visited the redwoods in California. Janean has many memories from her park visits over the years, but perhaps none more significant than those of Rock Creek Park in her hometown of Washington, DC. In fact, she believes the park helped save her life. Read more about Janean’s story on our website and learn how you can leave legacy gift to the National Park Foundation.

In Case You Missed It

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Parks That Fit You

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How do you choose which national parks to explore? Whether you're into scenic vistas, historic sites, or national trails that explore the country’s history, with over 400 national park sites, the opportunities for discovery are endless. Put our knowledge to the test with the Find Your Park Quiz – just provide the basics of your dream trip, and we’ll offer a list of parks perfectly suited for your next adventure.

This Month's Quiz

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Which national park unit preserves the former headquarters of the National Woman's Party, founded in 1916 to address women’s suffrage and equality?

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Haritha Malladi, from Easton, PA who knew that Carter G. Woodson National Historic Site honors the work and legacy of “the Father of Black History,” Carter G. Woodson. Woodson’s work grew into what is now celebrated as Black History Month.


Way to go, Haritha!

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Wow! Where Is That?

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