This August holds two historic moments in time: the 100 anniversary of the 19th amendment and the newly passed Great American Outdoors Act. We're sharing more about these events and more in this month's GoParks.

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More Than A Moment

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Yesterday marked 100 years since Congress ratified the 19th Amendment and on August 26, we celebrate the adoption of the amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This historic milestone took decades of community organizing and political prowess, and yet, its passage marked progress, not victory, in allowing all women the right to vote. In this way, the passage of the 19th Amendment is only one chapter of a larger story still unfolding today. Find out how NPF is not only commemorating this milestone, but also helping the National Park Service share a more comprehensive and inclusive narrative that amplifies the voices of women whose vision, tenacity, and resilience moved them to climb mountains, take down barriers, protect the environment, and lead social movements.

The Great American Outdoors Act

A break in a line of large evergreen trees reveals orange-tipped peaks of the mountains from the sunset at Grand Teton National Park

After years of bipartisan collaboration, the Great American Outdoors Act officially became law this month! Passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives with broad bipartisan support, this landmark conservation law will direct much needed investment to help tackle national park and public land deferred maintenance. The Great American Outdoors Act will also protect land and boost local recreation opportunities by providing permanent, full, mandatory funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Check out our statement to learn more about this historic win for national parks.

Reintroducing Wolves to Yellowstone

A close up of a wolf's fuzzy, snow dusted face in Yellowstone National Park

In 1995, a National Park Service initiative reintroduced 41 wolves to the park’s ecosystem, and since then, partners like National Park Foundation have helped support studies on the impact of the species’ return. These studies have provided biologists and land managers worldwide with vital information on management of the wolf species, ecosystems, and of public lands. Learn more about the current state of the Yellowstone wolf population and how they play a vital role in maintaining harmony among the park’s diverse array of species.

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Support Your Parks

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Back to School with National Parks

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National parks offer all sorts of ways to explore and discover new things – whether it’s our country’s multifaceted history, the varied landscapes preserved in our parks, the personal stories of those who came before us, or even learning about ourselves. And the learning doesn’t end when you leave the park. Explore just some of the educational park-inspired fun that brings the lessons of our national parks to the comfort of your home – from Junior Ranger programs to hands-on activities – there is something for the whole family to enjoy!

Corporate Conversations: The Power of Partnership

A collage of park images showing people walking along a wooded path in John Muir National Historic Site, a rock sturcture that creates an arch rising from the great lake at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a person walking in a canyon, a grassy hillside with a foggy mountain in the distance, and a mountain top view of the river and historic town at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.

In a new series, Corporate Conversations, National Park Foundation President and CEO Will Shafroth sits down with corporate sponsors of Find Your Park Budweiser, The Coca-Cola Company, Subaru of America, Union Pacific Railroad, and Winnebago Industries to talk about the power of partnership and their personal connections to the national parks. Learn more about how these unique partnerships encourage people to find their park, and why for each of these companies, doing good is also good business.

Hooked on Fishing

A little girl proudly smiles at the camera while her father helps her hold up her fishing pole with a small fish caught at the end

National parks are great places to play, learn, and fish! Hear directly from Sue Daignault, a fly fishing instructor with the L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Program, about her love of fishing in national parks and what tips she has for people of all ages – from beginners to experienced anglers. Plus, find out how NPF and L.L.Bean are working together to bring the joy of fishing in parks into people’s lives, including our support for the Junior Ranger Angler activity booklet.

The Musical Inspiration of Parks

The rolling sand covered peaks and valleys illuminated pink from the sunset at Death Valley National Park

National parks inspire people in different ways every day – they speak to each of us in their own unique way. In collaboration with National Public Radio’s "From the Top," musician Amir Siraj composed a series of piano pieces inspired by the beauty, splendor, and mystery found in our national parks. Listen to the beautiful compositions, set to stunning footage from Glacier, Death Valley, and Pinnacles National Parks and enjoy a Q&A with Siraj as he discusses his personal connections to national parks and the music they inspire within him.

Camping for S’mores and Stars

Bright stars seem to twinkle above forest-covered hills of Blude Ridge Parkway

Any time is a great time to go camping, especially when there are s’mores to enjoy and summer night skies to gaze out upon. In August, we celebrate both National S’mores Day and the return of the Perseid Meteor Shower. And where better to stargaze or delight in a delicious summer s’more than in a national park? Make the most of your summer camping experience with these tips from our friends at L.L.Bean and remember to #RecreateResponsibly!

Getting on the Road Again with Winnebago

A Winnebago camper driving down a road with a snow covered mountain peak behind it in Mount Rainier National Park

Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque partner Winnebago Industries knows their community is driven by a desire the be “on the road again.” And while not everyone may be ready or able to hit the open road just yet, we’ve joined them in celebrating favorite park memories and dreaming about the road ahead. They recently brought people together in a virtual sing-along to reminisce, look forward, and support the parks. Learn more about how Winnebago is giving back to NPF, tips for planning an RV trip, and the biggest surprise about life on the road.

Experience Sounds of the Great Outdoors Inside

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We all could use a little more mindfulness in our lives these days. Whether it’s your first time giving it a try or you already have an established routine, explore meditation to the sounds of our national parks from the comfort of your home with our new guided practice. Turn on PARKTRACKS, a fresh audio experience that lets you enjoy the soundscapes of some of your favorite national parks from wherever you are. Even when you can’t explore a national park in person, there always new and different ways to enjoy the peaceful sounds of our natural world from home while connecting to the parks you love.

In Case You Missed It

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Leaving a Lasting Legacy

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On the morning of Phyllis Webster’s 62nd birthday, the first thing she did to celebrate was drive to Saguaro National Park for her Interagency Senior Pass. “When I needed to choose a beneficiary for my retirement plan, I knew I wanted to support the national parks. I did a year’s-worth of research and decided that designating the National Park Foundation as one of my beneficiaries would be the best way to show my gratitude for all I have been able to explore and experience.” Read more of Phyllis’s story on our website and learn how you too can create a legacy gift to the National Park Foundation.

This Month's Quiz

Red layered rock formations slope down, forming a natural amphitheater at Cedar Breaks National Monument

Which national park unit in Washington, D.C. preserves the National Archives for Black Women’s history, the only archive solely dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of African American women?

Congratulations to last month’s winner, John Chansky, from Framingham, MA, who knew that Cedar Breaks National Monument in Utah sits at over 10,000 feet in elevation, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of a half-mile geologic amphitheater. “Breaks” is a geographic term describing a sharp or sudden change, or “break” in topography.


Way to go, John!

Still blue river flowing through the tall, red, layered canyon walls of Glen Canyon Recreation Area

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