This month we're thanking the people like rangers and service corp teams, who work hard to protect our national parks, as well as sharing more ways to connect with parks digitally.

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Overflowing with Gratitude

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Behind every national park is a team of ordinary people dedicated to maintaining the extraordinary. They protect habitats, educate visitors, and preserve history. They’re volunteers, rangers, curators, engineers, architects, and more. They’re the treasured stewards and ambassadors of our national parks.

The National Park Foundation and our Find Your Park / Encuentra Tu Parque partners have launched a new campaign honoring and celebrating the more than 22,000 National Park Service (NPS) employees across the country. “National Park Ambassadors” features the proud, skillful employees themselves, as well as the enriching outdoor, historical and cultural experiences they help bring to life for all of us at national parks. We invite you to join in the celebration and share your gratitude for the many hats NPS employees wear!

Investing in the Next Generation of Park Stewards

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National Park Foundation is proud to provide financial support for service corps programs, which connect young adults to professional opportunities and character-building experiences at national parks. Service Corps accomplish critical maintenance projects on our public lands, including habitat restoration, trail work, historic building restoration, and more. In 2019, we provided over $3.5 million to service corps programs at more than 30 national park sites. Visit the blog to learn more about the long-lasting impacts of service corps programs.

Celebrating Public Lands Leaders During Hispanic Heritage Month

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Michelle Piñon, a Latino Outdoors Ambassador, says her park is “wherever the stars shine.” She also reflects on how her passion for sharing the awe and wonder of parks with her community was sparked through a stargazing experience many years ago. Get to know Michelle and learn more about Latino Outdoors!

Honor Your Public Lands on September 26

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September 26 marks National Public Lands Day, a day to celebrate the connection between people and green spaces in their community. Take part in this year's festivities by visiting a national park for free, volunteering for a project, enjoying the health benefits of being outdoors, or simply sharing your favorite outdoor activity on social media. And if you're heading to a park this National Public Lands Day, make sure to recreate responsibly!

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Support Your Parks

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This fall show off your
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Make a difference for America's treasured places – today and for years to come.

Share the Experience Photo Contest Wants Your Urban Playground Images!

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Calling all urban explorers! Did you know some of our most exciting national parks are in, or just a stone's throw from America's biggest cities? From San Diego to Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix and St. Paul – urban parks provide unique opportunities for residents and visitors to #RecreateResponsibly and experience the natural, historical, and cultural heritage of our national parks in their own backyards.

Enter your images in the special edition 2020 "Best of the Decade" Share the Experience Photo Contest for a chance to win cash and other great prizes from our partners Celestron, Hydro Flask and Historic Hotels of America. If you’re looking to make new memories, be sure to plan ahead so you can continue to #RecreateResponsibly this year and well into the future!

Nurture Your Health with Nature

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Did you know nature makes you smarter, stronger, healthier, happier, and more productive? That’s why, in honor of September’s annual Wellness Week, we teamed up with our partner L.L.Bean to put together a list of our favorite tips on how to boost your health by recreating responsibly outdoors in a local national park. Check them out on our blog!

Virtual Field Trips to the Mississippi River

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“Distance learning will never replace the wonder and awe of a national park visit, but it does afford the possibility of widening the audience, engaging students who could not have ever visited, and providing equitable virtual access to parks,” says Katie Nyberg of Mississippi Park Connection. Learn how this park partner is offering new ways to promote stewardship and connect students with the science and heritage of the Mississippi River, thanks to support from partners like Union Pacific Railroad.

How Are National Parks Funded? (And Other FAQs)

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When it comes to donating to the National Park Foundation, there’s a lot to learn! We’re here to help, with answers to frequently asked questions about philanthropy and NPF. Whether you’re a longtime donor or considering becoming one, you can learn more about NPF, how we operate, and how you can be a part of the positive impact we make in parks in a variety of ways. Put your money where your parks are.

Make a Visit to Our Digital Parkcade

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Grab your colored pencils and get ready to noodle on your national park knowledge! Discover new ways to enjoy our nation’s parks with our digital parkcade. From a ready-made trivia night set to park-inspired coloring pages, crosswords, word searches and more – the National Park Foundation Parkcade is full of park-related activities you and the whole family can enjoy anytime, anywhere.

In Case You Missed It

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

Making a Lasting Impact for Parks

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I am leaving a gift to the National Park Foundation in my will because with just one gift, I can have an impact on the environment, wildlife, and our American story.” For 1916 Society member Deborah Milkowski, traveling to national parks is about more than just beautiful experiences in nature – it is also an opportunity to learn about our country’s history and all its complexities. Read more of Deborah’s story on our website and learn how you too can create a legacy gift to the National Park Foundation.

This Month's Quiz

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In which national park unit would you find Persimmon Gap, home to 500-million-year-old rocks?

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Amber Haworth, from Seattle, WA, who knew that Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site in Washington, D.C. preserves the National Archives for Black Women’s history, the only archive solely dedicated the collection, preservation, and interpretation of African American women.

Way to go, Amber!

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Wow! Where Is That?

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

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