To kick off the new year we're sharing fun snowy activities to do in our national parks, as well as some options for cozy at-home days.

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Wonder Calls in Our Parks

The sun flares through steam rising from snow covered hot springs in Yellowstone National Park

As we look forward to this new year and all it has to offer, we are reminded of the power of our national parks as places that offer peace and reflection as well as promise and opportunity, honoring our differences and reminding us of everything we have in common, sharing our ever-evolving history and inspiring us to venture further. NPF is dedicated to supporting our parks – ensuring that they thrive and inspire wonder for generations to come.

Reflecting on a Year of Achievements in Our Parks

A group of four campers sit on a grassy hill, with their tent behind them, looking out at the large, snow covered mountains in Denali National Park

Over the past year, many found comfort and escape in the wonders of our country’s landscape, discovering a new appreciation for nature and the outdoors. NPF is proud to help protect these treasured places and connect people to them. Join us in celebrating some of our proudest accomplishments from the past year, made possible by park champions like you.

Take a Walk in His Footsteps

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall is lightly dusted with snow stands tall in front of bare trees and a white, winter sky behind.

Every year we come together as a nation to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and NPF is proud to support projects that expand the preservation and storytelling around Dr. King’s life and legacy. Walk in the steps of this civil rights leader and experience his story in our national parks year-round.

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Support Your Parks

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Winter Weather Resolutions

A person skiis down a snowy mountain in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Picked your New Year’s resolutions but don’t know where to start? National parks are the perfect place during the winter, regardless of the temperatures. Whether you’re looking to be more active, appreciate the small things, or start a new hobby, our partner L.L.Bean has all the tips you need to start your journey now. Check out our blog to learn more.

Strengthening Park Partners

Snow dusts the red rock of the delicate arch and huge canyons in Arches National Park

Philanthropic partner organizations (our park partners) play a vital role in our park community, supporting projects around preservation, volunteering, education, restoration, and more. NPF recently announced the 36 recipients of our 2020 Strong Parks, Strong Communities Capacity Building Grants. This unique funding opportunity allows grantees to build their organizational capacity, ensuring the strength of park partner organizations nationwide.

Choose Your Winter Hiking Adventure

The iron bridge the crosses New River Gorge National River is hazy through the fog and icy trees

Everyone has a favorite way of enjoying the winter months, so we have put together three different options for trekking through the parks this season. Whether you prefer hiking along a sunny shoreline, taking in snowy views, or something entirely different – we’ve got you. Go ahead, choose your adventure.

In Case You Missed It

A tan colored dog with snowflakes on its head, sticks its nose in the lense of the camera for an up-close-and-person photo in Denali National Park

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Passing on the Gift of Parks

Mari Tustin smiles at the camera while wearing her hiking backpack and a bucket hat

“When I think of all the parks have given me. . . how the mountains and the trees and the animals have filled my soul, I want to do something to give back to them.”


For 1916 Society member Mari Tustin, there has always been something magical to discover in the national parks. Having visited and backpacked through more than 25 parks, she’s now passionate about giving those experiences to younger generations – which is why she designated a future gift to the national parks through her will.

Enjoy National Parks from Home

Father and daughter cuddle together in a play tent with twinkle lights strung above it while in their pajamas

We understand that sometimes you can't get to a national park. But even if you're "parked at home" this winter, you can still access the beauty and wonder of our national parks. From virtual tours and webcams to educational activities and fun games, there are countless ways to enjoy our Parks at Home.

This Month's Quiz

A rocky cliff rises behind a snow-covered patch of vegetation in Zion National Park

Which national trail, spanning eight states, commemorates the overland mail route (taken by horse) to pass communications westward before the telegraph?

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Congratulations to last month’s winner, Royal Webster, from Ballwin, MO who knew that Zion National Park, with its distinctive sandstone cliffs, was the first in Utah.


Way to go, Royal!

A line of snowy mountains that form the edge of Crater Lake with a long cluster of evergreen trees in the foreground and a pink and blue sky above, taken in Crater Lake National Park

Wow! Where Is That?

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