The summer months are a busy time for national parks. We're sharing parks that celebrate pride month, how people are working to preserve the resources in parks, and much more!

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Honoring LGBTQ+ History in Parks

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The rich histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) Americans are pivotal in telling a more complete history of the United States. Explore some of these histories, preserved in national parks across the country.

Tips for Safely Visiting National Parks

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Summer is a great time to explore our parks. Whether you’re visiting a historic urban neighborhood or seeking the expanses of breathtaking landscapes, make sure your next national park visit is a safe one by following these simple tips.

Learning on a Mission

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Meet the young adults helping to preserve the natural and cultural resources at San Antonio Missions National Historical Parks as part of the Cultural Landscape Apprentice program. This collaboration between NPF, NPS, Mission Heritage Partners, and American YouthWorks’ Texas Conservation Corps, provides opportunities for local Hispanic and Latino young adults to learn valuable skills as part of our Communities & Workforce initiative.

Reflecting on Juneteenth

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National parks are powerful places to honor Juneteenth and reflect on what freedom means to you. This year, NPF’s partner Outdoor Afro is encouraging people to spend 2.5 hours in nature on June 19 to reflect on the 2.5 years freedom was delayed for 250,000 enslaved people in Texas. Learn how you can participate and share your reflections.

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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 summer show off your park pride with NPF gear.

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Make a difference for America's treasured places.

Take Me Out to… the National Parks

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One of the quintessential American summer pastimes, baseball conjures up memories of sunny afternoons, peanuts, popcorn, and national parks? That’s right, there is baseball history in our parks! Explore the historic fields and games preserved in national parks.

Arlington House Reopens in D.C.

The Arlington House sits atop a hill, a flag flies at full mast in front, at the base of the hill are white tombstones in Arlington Cemetery

Earlier this month, NPS reopened Arlington House following the completion of major rehabilitation projects funded by NPF. The reopening of Arlington House provides a critically important space for hard conversations that illuminate more perspectives, including the experiences of enslaved people and their descendants.

Meet the Team: Ashley McEvoy

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“We live on a planet with finite resources, and I want to create solutions to our energy and climate obstacles that are centered on the health of people and communities.” Meet Ashley McEvoy, Senior Manager of Resilience and Sustainability. Through her work to conserve water and reduce waste and energy use in parks, she lives out her deep connection to the natural world every day.

Send Thanks to Our National Park Ambassadors

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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 Lieutenant Commander Matt Kozler, a commissioned corps officer from the US Public Health Service assigned to the Department of the Interior and working at Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Mapping the Parks with Love

The Smith-Grey family of four pose in front of the parkk entrance sign at Badlands National Park

Susan Smith-Grey, NPF Champions Society Member, and her husband invited their seven grandchildren to explore national parks with them, and every trip was a new adventure enjoyed together! Learn more about Susan's trips and why she gives to parks.

In Case You Missed It

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This Month's Quiz

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Which national park unit is the smallest, preserving the Philadelphia house of a Polish freedom fighter who fought in the American Revolution?

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Alexa Gilles, from The Villages, FL who knew that Hawai'i’s Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail preserves 175 miles of culturally and historically significant trails.

Way to go, Alexa!

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Wow! Where Is That?

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