National parks hold many stories important to American History, we're sharing some with you, including one experience from an NPF staff member.

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A Message to the Park Community

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Our national parks tell the American story, in all of its triumphs and imperfections. From Point Comfort, where the first enslaved Africans arrived in America in 1619 to the home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King – these sites and many more are all part of the National Park System and tell a vitally important story of who we are as a nation. The National Park Foundation has played a role in telling these essential stories. Let us renew our common commitment to parks and true equality for all.

Parks that Honor the Legacy of Trailblazing Movements

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Throughout our country’s history, people have worked to create a better future, shaping our experiences, stories, culture, and collective history – from the revolutionary roots of our country’s foundation to the modern movements that continue to strive for equality. In national parks throughout the country, the places and the stories of these bold movements and the individuals who participated in them are preserved, interpreted, and protected for generations to come.

Tips to Recreate Responsibly

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A little work can go a long way in ensuring the safety of you and those around you when visiting a park. When taking a trip any of the over 400 national parks across the country, it is essential to follow the guidelines, directions, and measures that will keep you, as well as other visitors and National Park Service employees, safe. From planning the excursion and packing properly to maintaining a safe distance from others and cleaning up after yourself, follow these small and simple steps to #RecreateResponsibly in our parks.

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Take Pride in Our National Parks

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On June 28, 1969 police conducted another routine raid of the gay nightclub, the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The patrons, frustrated by the continued harassment, resisted and sparked several days of riots and protests that ultimately ignited a movement. In 2016, Stonewall National Monument became the first LGBTQ monument to be incorporated into the National Park System and is known today as the birthplace of the LGBTQ civil rights movement.

NPF is committed to telling the diversity of narratives that make up our nation’s story. This Pride Month, NPF is releasing three new Instagram Stickers to celebrate LGBTQ+ history. When uploading an Instagram Story, users can find the stickers by tapping on the Stickers icon and searching “National Park Foundation.”

Improving Accessibility

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National parks offer a respite from the frenzy of daily life and an opportunity to reconnect with nature and our sense of adventure. That’s why National Park Foundation and the National Park Service are helping visitors of all physical abilities experience the magic of national parks by implementing accessibility improvements at various national parks. Read more about the various projects that have been put in action.

The Power of Place

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As a senior director of corporate partnerships at the National Park Foundation, Kim Hirose Tobe draws upon her deep personal connections to national parks, including early memories at Assateague Island National Seashore and a recent trip to Manzanar National Historic Site, to help bring companies and parks together in ways that ensure others can make their own memories in parks. Explore Kim’s personal connections with the national parks that celebrate her heritage as well as those that contribute to her own story.

Share Your Park Memories

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Trips to national parks can be inspiring and unforgettable for a variety of reasons – a ranger-led program may change the way you see a park or a piece of history, or an unexpected wildlife sighting may send a thrill down your spine. Share your memorable park moments with us in our Find Your Park Pics & Recs Gallery by submitting written recommendations and stories or your most cherished park pictures. If you’re ready to start planning your next park adventure but aren’t sure where to start, take our Find Your Park Quiz to get tailored recommendations based on the season, activities, and park features you want to experience.

The Calm of Nature

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The sound of water in motion has a soothing effect and rich benefits that have drawn people, wildlife, and greenery to the banks of waterfalls and cascades for centuries. From the iconic falls at Yosemite or Yellowstone to the small falls we might find on a quiet, secluded hike – our national parks protect hundreds of waterfalls across the country. Join us in exploring a small fraction of the falls preserved by the National Park Service in parks throughout the nation.

In Case You Missed It

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This Month's Quiz

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Which national park unit in South Dakota has a rich tradition of fossil collection and study, stretching back to when the people of the Oglala Lakota Nation discovered fossilized bones and turtle shells?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Kent Hill, from San Diego, CA who knew that Pu'ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site shares the history of the beginning stages of the Hawaiian kingdom, including submerged temple ruins dedicated to sharks – Hale o Kapuni Heiau, where they continue to gather to this day.

Way to go, Kent!

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Wow! Where Is That?

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