The month of May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, so we're sharing some of this important history from national parks located across the country, and a whole lot more!

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Honoring AANHPI Heritage in Parks

A lava rock beach edges a lush green area with palm trees dotting the base of a mountain at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

National parks across the country highlight the triumphs, perseverance, and contributions of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, and visitors today continue to bring their own experiences and stories to our national parks. Join us in exploring a few of these remarkable stories preserved in national parks.

Honor Memorial Day in Our Parks

Golden sunlight illuminates the World War II Memorial on The National Mall in Washington, DC

On Memorial Day our nation comes together to honor the men and women who gave their lives in service of our country, and many national parks provide places for reflection and commemoration of those who sacrificed themselves to protect our nation. Discover just some of the ways you can honor the memory of U.S. military members in our national parks.

Preserving Veterans Stories

A full-size, reproduction of a Red Tail P-51 Mustang fighter plane, like those flown by Tuskegee Airman, is suspended from the ceiling for viewing at Harpers Ferry Center

America’s national parks stand as great monuments to the history of our nation, in all its beauty and imperfections. Parks preserve countless stories, and some of our most iconic parks commemorate those who have worked in service to our country. Join us in exploring and honoring the lives of veterans whose stories are preserved and shared in parks.

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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 spring show off your park pride with NPF gear.

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Make a difference for America's treasured places.

Parks Help Us Navigate Hard History

Broken metal shackles are embedded in the hard, dirt ground at Natchez National Historical Park

Forks of the Road in Natchez, Mississippi, was the location of the second-largest human trafficking site in the deep South. As Natchez National Historical Park Superintendent Kathleen McClain Bond reminds us, it’s critical for the collective conscious that we share these difficult truths in the service of healing and learning. Learn how NPF is supporting this important effort to preserve this site.

Supporting Education Needs During COVID-19

Two rangers engage with students via a webcam that they have set up on the trail, showing the students pinecones and other items from a large trunk at their feet in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted how and where students are learning, NPF collaborated with NPS to determine how national parks can help meet the needs of students, teachers, schools, and communities now and into the future. Learn more about how NPF’s Open OutDoors for Kids Hybrid Learning program is continuing to support learning.

Meet the NPF Team: Kyle Funakoshi

Kyle leans his head against his daughters' as they take a selfie in front of Mount Rainier

Kyle Funakoshi clearly remembers the feeling of standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for the first time and credits that experience for his dedication to the national parks cause. As a regional philanthropy director at NPF, Kyle takes great care and pride in helping people find meaningful ways they can make a positive difference through national parks. Learn more about Kyle’s story and what inspires his work at NPF.

Send Thanks to Our National Park Ambassadors

Jessie Snow kneels down in some green brush in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the graphic Find Your Park logo is display on top of the image

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 Jessie Snow, Executive Assistant in the Superintendent’s Office at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and send thanks to an NPS employee or volunteer who made your last visit extra special.

Passing On the Legacy of Parks

A close up image of Gail Heine as she looks off into the wilderness, evergreen trees fill the background behind her

Gail Heine supports our national parks in honor of her father, who taught her at an early age to love the environment. “When my dad passed away a few years ago, he didn’t have a will. But he had many causes that he cared about deeply... To honor his memory, I decided to include NPF in my own plans." Read more of Gail’s story and learn how you can support NPF through a legacy gift.

In Case You Missed It

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Pet-Friendly Fun in Parks is as Easy as B.A.R.K.

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The open air and beautiful landscapes of national parks can provide an engaging experience for every visitor – even Fido! While all visitors to parks should #RecreateResponsibly, there is a specific set of guidelines for national park visitors with pets. Learn the basics of bringing a pet to a park so you can your pet can both be the best B.A.R.K. Rangers possible!

This Month's Quiz

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Which national historic trail preserves 175 miles of culturally and historically significant trails in Hawai'i?

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Frank Duchow, from Dubuque, Iowa who knew that Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve is the largest in the National Park System, protecting more than 13 million acres of landscape.


Way to go, Frank!

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Wow! Where Is That?

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