This October we have been celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month and we're sharing the many park sites that hold these historic stories, along with other outdoor activities for you to partake in.

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Update on the Great American Outdoors Act

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Our partners at the National Park Service are moving quickly to deploy funding made possible by the Great American Outdoors Act to restore national parks across the country. In the coming weeks, the National Park Service will submit to Congress a list of priority projects, anticipated to total more than $1 billion in funding, to address the deferred maintenance backlog in parks.


This is great news for national parks, park visitors, and gateway communities. New investments will make tangible improvements to our parks, enhance visitor experience, and benefit surrounding communities.


While the National Park Service has been funded by the federal government for more than a century, protecting these places has never been the work of government alone. Philanthropists, foundations, corporations and local communities have given generously to improve our parks, and philanthropic support remains absolutely essential to their success now and in the future. The National Park Foundation and the partner community stand ready to work with NPS to leverage philanthropic resources, expertise, and innovation for the benefit of parks and park visitors.

Illuminating Women's Histories

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What does it mean to expand storytelling in national parks? NPF caught up with History Interns Dorien and McKenzie, tasked with the meticulous research of archival materials to help unearth, preserve, and highlight women’s stories through the context of our national parks. Discover how their projects will result in new online visitor resources that explore a new angle of a lesser-known herstory at Tumacácori National Historical Park and Harpers Ferry Center for Media Services.

Park Access for All

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As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, we would like to highlight the great work of the Hispanic Access Foundation. Not only do they work year-round to help provide access for Latino communities to public lands, they also host Latino Conservation Week, raise awareness, provide opportunities to experience nature, and so much more. Learn more about the Hispanic Access Foundation and their important work on our blog.

Colorful Fall Road Trips Through Parks

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As fall colors make their first appearances in the treetops, autumn is the perfect time to hit the road and drive to – or even through – a national park. Whether it’s a leaf-peeping expedition or an escape to a desert landscape, we’ve collected just a few of our favorite ways to explore national parks from your car. So grab your keys and set out on an open road adventure to discover the beauty and history of national parks along the way.

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Thinking about your next national park experience? These FREE downloadable national park Owner's Guides are filled with travel tips and helpful information. It's your one-stop resource to discover all your national parks! Download today.

Support Your Parks

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This fall show off your
park pride with NPF gear.

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

Capture Your Memories, Share the Experience

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Did you get the chance to explore some of our beautiful national parks this summer, or in years past? Are you are drawn to photographing wildlife, stunning views or adventures with your friends and family? Enter your photos in the special edition 2020 "Best of the Decade" Share the Experience Photo Contest, an annual competition for amateur photographers, hosted by the National Park Foundation in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton and Recreation.gov, for your chance to win some great prizes.


To learn more about the contest and submit your favorite photos, visit sharetheexperience.org. The 2020 contest runs through December 31, so get to snapping, enter today, and be sure to #RecreateResponsibly.

One of the Most Decisive Battles in American History

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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana commemorates the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn and its resulting effects on westward expansion. At the battle, Lakota and Cheyenne warriors defeated Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and the U.S. 7th Cavalry. Thanks to the collaboration of numerous stakeholders, including the generous support of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, visitors from all walks of life will engage on an even deeper level with one of the most decisive battles in American history. Learn more about how the National Park Foundation and partners are supporting the National Park Service to expand educational opportunities at the park for all of us.

Quotes to Inspire You from Women Conservationists

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Women have always explored, cherished, and preserved the environment. But in the conservation movement, women’s voices have not been recognized in the same way men’s voices have, though it’s not for lack of trying. Women have blazed trails (literally and figuratively) both for national parks and present-day women in conservation. We’ve gathered a collection of quotes, some from past generations and some new, that are a source of inspiration for anyone who loves what binds the trailblazers of yesterday and the leaders of today: national parks.

The Lure of Fishing in Parks

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October marks the 52nd anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, and what better way to celebrate than fishing in our national parks? Whether you’re dipping your toes in the water or an expert angler, fishing offers something for everyone. We’ve teamed up with our partner and fishing expert L.L.Bean on everything you need to know – check out our blog to learn more!

Spine-Tingling Nights in National Parks

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The cracking sound of a twig just behind you underfoot. The ominous hoot of a lone owl in the pitch-black night. It doesn’t take an overactive imagination to be spooked by the sometimes-eerie nature of our national parks. Explore just some of the parks that embrace the spooky nature of things – ghost stories, moonlit tours, Halloween celebrations, and more – at these spine-tingling sites.

A Love of Nature is a Family Affair

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Meet Champions Society members Susan Gosnell Brown, Terry Gosnell Doggett, Kate Hollingsworth Gelatt, and Kristin Hagedorn Doggett. These four powerhouse women run the John G. and Jean R. Gosnell Foundation, which has supported important National Park Foundation projects, including our Women in Parks initiative, which was launched to mark the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment in 2020. Read on to learn why the women of the Gosnell Foundation chose to support this important work.

In Case You Missed It

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The CARES Act

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The recently passed CARES Act includes changes to Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) for the 2020 tax year. If you are 70½ or older, there is no Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for the 2020 tax year. However, many NPF donors have continued to make their annual gift through an IRA distribution, as it’s an easy way to support the parks you love. And because your gift goes to a charity, you are not taxed on the income, provided you did not contribute to your IRA in 2020. To learn more, visit our IRA information page or email us at [email protected].

Need a Break? Visit 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.

This Month's Quiz

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Which Philadelphia national park unit preserves the story of one of America’s pioneering literary figures, the author of “The Raven” and “The Tell Tale Heart,” among others?

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Joe Barnett from Lebanon, PA, who knew that in Big Bend National Park you can find 500-million-year-old rocks in Persimmon Gap.


Way to go, Joe!

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Wow! Where Is That?

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