We're bringing the parks to your home this month! There are many ways to connect with our national parks while staying at home, check them out!

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Bringing Parks to You

The sunset light flares at the base of an arch in a canyon at Arches National Park

We understand that sometimes it’s not possible to get to a national park. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the history, beauty, and stories of the national parks to you. From virtual tours and webcams to educational activities for young park enthusiasts and games for all ages – there are countless ways to enjoy national parks from home. We hope you find something in this issue of GoParks to brighten your day. Thank you for your continued support.

Celebrate National Park Week

4 images collaged together together, they show two kids running in the sand at Death Valley National Park, a person's feet framing a view of Yosemite National Park while they lounge at the top of a peak, an aerial view of three people kayaking on the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, and a close up of a girl grinning while a dragonfly rests on her nose at Big Thicket National Preserve

From April 18 - 26, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite you to celebrate America's treasured places during National Park Week. From the comfort of your own home, connect with national parks and the people who love them through social media and digital engagement. Join us for a #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque Twitter chat before the big week on Thursday, April 16 at 1 p.m. EST.

Share Your Park Pic & Recs

A small pond, lined with evergreen trees and grassy banks, with large mountains in background is a picturesque view in Yosemite National Park

We know you’ve had some legendary trips to national parks. Share your best park tips, memories, and pictures in our Find Your Park Pics & Recs Gallery – a new online space where you can read fellow park lovers’ insights as well as post your own. Join a trusted community of adventurers, explorers, and park enthusiasts by sharing your photos and swapping recommendations.

Park Activities from the Comfort of Your Home

A man and child sit together inside a play tent, looking up at twinkle lights

There are plenty of ways to enjoy our national parks from the great indoors. From family friendly activities and an innovative audio experience to 360-degree videos and beautiful park photography, make the most of your downtime with these activities that bring the wonder of national parks into your home.

Uncovering the Untold Stories of Our National Parks

A quote from the linked story, it says, the lasting legacy that I want to leave for the National Park Service and our visitors is that the American parks are for all of us, not just for some of us. –Dr. Mia Carey

Each park has a history as complex and fascinating as the people who visit them, and their stories are always unraveling as we discover untold perspectives and new voices. In order to tell stories that reflect the experiences of all Americans, the National Park Foundation has partnered with National Park Service and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to provide fellowships for three humanities scholars to uncover untold histories connected to our national parks.

Get Your Free National Park Owner's Guides

National Park Foundation Owners Guides

Thinking about your next national park experience? 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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This spring, show off your park pride with NPF gear!

A woman sits on a rock at an overlook with a beautiful view of lush trees and the Atlantic ocean at the horizon at Acadia National Park

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

Make a Virtual Visit

                A close-up view of a woman as she sits at a table with her laptop and a map

Got a bit of downtime? Take a trip to a national park from wherever you are! Many national park sites across the country offer digital tours and experiences that you can access anytime, anywhere. Discover the countless ways to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque online, from a digital dive under the sea to standing strong with Lady Liberty.

Behind-the-Scenes with National Park Film Producers

5 African American women wear blush pink, flowing gowns as they sit on the beach at Fort Monroe National Monument

Storytelling is a powerful means for connection. Go behind-the-scenes with the creators of National Park Service’s film Twenty & Odd and hear directly from the producers about their inspiration, the parks and people featured, and a companion guide that invites you to dig deeper into African American history and culture through the lens of national parks.

Voyage to the Top

Christina Hausman Rhode sits on a large rock on the edge of the water, with trees covering the entire shoreline at Voyageurs National Park

Christina Hausman Rhode, executive director of Voyageurs National Park Association (VNPA), fondly remembers going on family trips to state and national parks as a young child. She didn’t know it at the time, but that was how her lifelong voyage began. With a passion for nature, as well as a knowledge for the importance of conservation, she felt she belonged in national parks. Learn about Christina’s journey, the work of VNPA, and the wonders of Voyageurs National Park.

The CARES Act – How might it affect you?

A view of the Washington Monument on a sunny day from insde the Lincoln Memorial, its pillars frame the distant monument

The recently passed Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act or CARES Act, included several provisions that may be of interest to charitable donors. The new legislation will allow the following:

  • $300 above the line “deduction” for non-itemizers
  • 100% AGI deduction limit for cash contributions, to qualified public charities only
  • Waiver of Required Minimum Distributions (RMD)
  • Increase charitable deduction limit for corporations

If you have any questions about how this new legislation may impact your charitable giving, we strongly recommend checking with your tax and financial advisors before making any gift.

We Heart National Parks

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Looking for a way to connect with national parks and other park enthusiasts? Join our new Facebook Group! This group is your opportunity to meet other park lovers like you, connect with NPF leaders, learn about our impact work in national parks, and more! We hope you’ll join our parks family, participate in conversations, and share your love for national parks. Join now!

In Case You Missed It

A still from the timelapse showing a colorful, starry sky appearing to move as the night passes over a silhouette of the rock formations at Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Follow us on social media for more national park gems like these.

Color Your Parks

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Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore. You may be stuck inside, but you can still celebrate America’s greatest treasures with the Color Your Park coloring book from the Official Find Your Park Store. From Bryce Canyon National Park to Statue of Liberty National Monument, this 96-page coloring book has it all – we mean it when we say it really is great for all ages!

Find Your Perfect Park with Our Quiz

A wet bear cub sits in front of an equally soaking wet adult bear at Denali National Park and Preserve

Ready to plan your next national park adventure? With over 400 national parks to discover, it can be hard to pick which one to visit next – let our Find Your Park Quiz guide you. Just give us a few answers about when you’d like to travel, what you'd like to see, and what you’re packing, and we’ll give you a collection of great recommendations for new parks to explore.

Lifelong Love of Parks

Carolyn Knoll smiles for the camera while standing in a wooded park

As Carolyn Knoll approached retirement, she realized that she was just getting started. After working 40 years in the corporate sector, she decided to take her lifelong love of the parks and turn it in to her new career. After all, a love of parks runs in her family. And that’s also why she decided to make the National Park Foundation a beneficiary of her will. Read more about Carolyn’s story on our website and learn how you can leave legacy gift to the National Park Foundation.

This Month's Quiz

One of the entryway walls that holds historic art and a bust stands on a pedastal just in front of the art in Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument

Which national park unit is located in the home of the first African American woman in the United States to found a bank?

Congratulations to last month’s winner, David Vickers, from Centreville, VA who knew that Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument preserves the former headquarters of the National Woman’s Party, an organization founded in 1916 to address women’s suffrage and equality.

Way to go, David!

Wild purple flowers covering the foothills with mountains standing tall in the distance at Glacier National Park

Wow! Where Is That?

Curious which park is featured at the top of this newsletter? Find out now!

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