National Park Week is right around the corner! This month we're sharing ways you can celebrate our parks and more.

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Celebrate National Park Week with NPF!

A collage of images: the first image is a low angle of a hiker on a trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. The second, a woman observing a bison through her car window in Yellowstone National Park. The third, a climber descending a large rock formation in Joshua Tree National Park. The fourth, a swimmer diving off a dock into a lake at Glacier National Park

We’re celebrating America’s national parks during National Park Week, now through April 25, 2021. With over 400 national parks across the country, National Park Week is a great time to explore a new park and give back to the parks you love. Join the fun by following NPF on social media and online for the latest park news and updates, participate in our Twitter Chat, use park-themed Instagram stickers, and more – there are many ways to celebrate our parks!

Send Thanks to Our National Park Ambassadors

Darin Brinkmeyer places a log on top of a split-rail fence, a log cabin structure can be seen behind him

Behind every national park is a team of ordinary people who are dedicated to maintaining the extraordinary – National Park Ambassadors. Meet the individuals who protect our parks, including Darin Brinkmeyer, Maintenance Worker Supervisor at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and send thanks to an NPS employee or volunteer who made your last visit extra special.

Volunteering in National Parks

A volunteer smiles for the picture while holding a flowering plant and a trowel above a flower box at Governors Island National Monument

With over 85 million acres to protect, the National Park Service has many projects that could use an extra hand. Volunteer opportunities in national parks abound, and whether it’s a one-time service project, a volunteer event, or a long-term volunteer position, NPS is grateful for its VIPs – Volunteers in Parks. Explore just some of the ways you can get involved at a national park near you.

Corporate Partners Celebrate!

A small group of hikers stand on a peak overlooking many ridged peaks in Death Valley National Park

NPF’s corporate partners are helping us celebrate National Park Week and Earth Month! Check out what our partners are doing in support of parks, including American Airlines' new partnership and miles donation promotion, Sun RV Resorts' campground reservation and social shares giveback campaign, NPF’s newest Apple Maps Guide featuring 63 national parks, an editorial article by Free People about service corps, and Joovy’s new National Park Collection.

Get Your Free National Park Owner's Guides

National Park Foundation Owners Guides

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 spring show off your
park pride with NPF gear.

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Make a difference for
America's treasured places.

Diving into Deep Sea Research

Dr. Veronica Radice scuba dives along the ocean floor, investigating the coral reef

NPF Science Fellow Veronica Radice is bringing her expertise in mesophotic coral reefs – a fascinating and complex underwater ecosystem – to National Park of American Sāmoa, helping NPS learn important lessons on how to best manage and protect the 88 ocean and costal parks with the National Park System. Visit the blog to learn about her research and her unique experiences as a woman scientist and diver.

Essential Gear for Your Next National Park Adventure

A little boy sits on his dad's shoulders as they walk along a paved path in a park, both are wearing masks

Just in time for spring and summer park travel, Will Shafroth is reminding park visitors to “remember to pack a mask” when they set out for their next park adventure. “After all, we share our parks, and we share in the responsibility to make sure everyone is able to experience them safely.” Doing so protects yourself, fellow park goers, and the “the more than 20,000 women and men of the National Park Service.” Read more in our newsroom.

Meet the NPF Team: Richelle Dodds

Richelle stands in front of a scenic lake lined with evergreen and aspen trees, a line of mountains can be seen in the distance

As a child, visiting Shenandoah National Park sparked a curiosity within Richelle Dodds about the natural world. Today, she’s the senior manager of natural resources at NPF. She wants to help younger generations understand how human lives are intertwined with the natural resources around us by conserving our national parks. Learn more about her story, her vocation, and her hopes for the future.

In Case You Missed It

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

The Power of Parks

A close up, portrait photo of Ernesto and Socorro Vasquez

Former NPF Board of Directors member Ernesto Vasquez, together with his wife Socorro, are members of NPF’s Champions Society and longtime supporters of the Open OutDoors for Kids (OOK) initiative, providing children the opportunity to experience parks firsthand. Ernesto and Socorro hope to spread the message of the importance of our national parks to new communities. Read more of their story on our website.

This Month's Quiz

An outside view of Val-Kill cottage shows many white paned windows, a screened-in porch, a stone walkway cutting through the green lawn, and pink flowering trees at Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

Which national park site is the largest, protecting more than 13 million acres of landscape?

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Carla Jacobsen, from Rapid City, SD who knew that Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site preserves Val-Kill, a cottage originally built as a factory and later converted into Roosevelt’s residence.

Way to go, Carla!

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Wow! Where Is That?

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