This month we're sharing inspiration for your next park visit as well as some of the wonderful work volunteers and others have been doing in national parks.

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Inspiration for Your Summer Adventures

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The 2020 “Best of the Decade” Share the Experience photo contest, hosted by NPF and Booz Allen Hamilton, captured so many inspiring moments from camping under the stars at San Juan National Forest to sandboarding at Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Check out all the incredible photos on our blog and enter the 2021 contest for a chance to win cash and great prizes from our partners Celestron, Hydro Flask, and Historic Hotels of America. If you’re looking to make new memories this year, plan ahead to enjoy our federal recreational lands and waters across the country!

Celebrating Latino Culture and History

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It’s Latino Conservation Week! Hosted by one of our partners, Hispanic Access Foundation, and celebrated July 17 to 25, NPF is honoring the special occasion by reflecting on a decade of preserving Latino history and culture in national parks. Find out how NPF is amplifying Latino stories and contributions to the U.S., past and present, in parks through our Latino Heritage Fund program.

Americans Support More Field Trips to Parks

Two images of adults helping school children on a field trip are collaged together with the following factoids displayed below the images: 85% of U.S. adults believe national parks can be classrooms for children; and 77% of U.S. adults believe in expanding field trips and educational experiences in national parks.

As students break for summer, some people might not be thinking about school, but NPF always has education on our minds. A new nationwide survey found that 85% of U.S. adults believe national parks can be classrooms for children and 77% favor expanding national park field trips for students. Dig into the survey results and learn how NPF is working with partners such as Union Pacific Railroad to connect more students with learning opportunities in parks.

The Power of Being Yourself

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Since 2018, NPF has invested more than $11 million dollars in service corps programs. Single-identity crews like LGBTQ+, American Sign Language, Latinx, Women, and Native American crews give participants the opportunity to bond with their fellow crew members while cultivating a sense of belonging and empowerment. Learn about the journeys of three leaders who recently participated in NPF-funded LGBTQ+ service corps crews.

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Support Your Parks

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Parks Close to Home

A stone bridge runs along the river with many pedestrian walk ways at Mill Ruins Park in downtown Minneapolis

As the song says, “downtown, everything’s waiting for you,” and that includes your next national park adventure! Cities are often home to a diversity of park sites, offering the unique opportunity for a variety of experiences in a single day. We’ve teamed up with partner L.L.Bean to provide tips and inspiration on how to make the most of our urban national park playgrounds, check them out on our blog.

Meet the NPF Team: Eric Bloem

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“In a time where things feel serious and heavy, we can spend our days talking to people about these great places, the role they play in telling our diverse history, and our work to help connect everyone to them.” That's why Eric Bloem, Director of Corporate Partnerships, loves his role at the National Park Foundation, because people's love of national parks is also their common ground.

Planning Your Family Park Experience

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National park adventures are an exciting opportunity to connect with the outdoors and each other for families, though sometimes organizing the trip itself can be daunting. Marisa Langford, mom of 4 and GoGo squeeZ employee and National Park Explorer, shares her tips on planning the family trip of a lifetime.

Passing On the Gift of Parks

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When preparing their estate plans, Marlene Kennedy and Alex Preiss reflected on what mattered most, and the national parks were high on their list. “We recognized that our retirement accounts could do some good. So, we wrote in ‘National Park Foundation’ as a beneficiary on our account forms. It was easy!” Learn more about Marlene and Alex, and how you too can support NPF through a gift by beneficiary designation.

Send Thanks to Our Park Ambassadors

Bill Stiver smiles in his NPS uniform at the top of a mountain, an incredible view behind him of rolling, snow dusted, blue-toned mountains in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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 Bill Stiver, Supervisory Wildlife Biologist at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and send your thanks to a ranger who made your last park visit one to remember.

Help More Kids Explore the Outdoors

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There are only four days left to head to your local Sierra store to support NPF’s Open OutDoors for Kids program! When you shop in-store through July 24, you have the opportunity to make a donation to the program at checkout, helping provide national park experiences to students across the country. We’re so excited to partner with Sierra for a fourth year in support of Open OutDoors for Kids. Find a Sierra store near you.

In Case You Missed It

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Plan Your Next Park Visit

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With over 400 national parks to explore, there’s always something new to discover within the National Park System! Start planning your next visit by using the Find Your Park Quiz, which provides personalized park recommendations based on your preferences. And remember, when you're ready to head out to a park, ensure your visit is a safe one by following these simple steps.

This Month's Quiz

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At which national park unit can visitors enjoy watching wild horses roam across sandy beaches and salt marshes?

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Robert Scott, from Brookfield, WI who knew that Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial preserves the house of a Polish freedom fighter who fought in the American Revolution.

Way to go, Scott!

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