Happy Birthday NPS! What better way to celebrate than visiting your nearest park? We're sharing great tips how to do that and some of the history you could learn while you are there.

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Happy Birthday, NPS!

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August 25 marks NPS’ birthday – enjoy a fee-free day in a park, and make sure to say hello to a National Park Ambassador while you’re there. NPS employees and volunteers are dedicated to caring for the extraordinary year-round. They maintain habitats, educate visitors, and preserve our history. Meet the individuals who protect our parks and post a thank you message to a ranger who made your last park visit one to remember.

Opening Doors of Opportunity

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Open OutDoors for Kids, an initiative from the National Park Foundation, creates pathways for kids to enjoy, understand, and connect with nature in exciting ways by facilitating outdoor activity, experiential learning, and cultural heritage exercises. Building on a child’s innate wonder and curiosity about the natural world, Open OutDoors for Kids is making sure all kids from across the country get the chance to experience them. Just $10 opens 1 door of opportunity for a child. Learn how you can help.

Our National Parks History

A bright yellow sun sets on the river in Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Working together for over 50 years, NPS and NPF have done some pretty amazing things. It’s work we are proud to do, and with the ongoing support of fellow park lovers, it’s work we’ll continue for years to come. Take a look back at the history of NPS, and how NPF works in tandem with parks and partners to help all people connect with and protect America’s national 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 summer show off your park pride with NPF gear.

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Make a difference for America's treasured places.

Labor History in National Parks

A view of the Mill at Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, surrounded by small, rolling, grassy hills and flowering trees

Labor Day is right around the corner! The labor movement, documented and preserved in national parks across the country, stemmed from the need to protect workers’ interests. Discover some of the stories of labor in the U.S., including the labor movement, shared in parks, as well as NPF’s work to support the preservation of these important pieces of our history.

Making Lasting Memories

Maureen O’Leary and Mary Pat Gallagher smile together for their picture on the deck of a boat with the blue water and mountains of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve behind them

Maureen O’Leary and Mary Pat Gallagher cherish the memories from their visits to nearly 30 national parks. They want others to enjoy the parks too, so they made a gift to NPF through their will. “You feel a responsibility to preserve all the beauty and history for future generations. It’s an obvious choice to support the parks.” Read Maureen and Mary Pat's story, and learn how you can support NPF through a gift from your will.

In Case You Missed It

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Plan Your Next Park Visit

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Make the most of the end of summer by visiting a park near you. With over 400 national parks to explore, there’s always somewhere new to go! Use our Find Your Park Quiz to get personalized park recommendations based on your ideal visit, and when you’re ready to head out on your trip, make your park visit a safe one.

This Month's Quiz

Two horses graze on the grass growing out of the sandy dunes at Assateague Island National Seashore

At which national park unit in South Carolina can visitors explore the largest intact expanse of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the southeastern U.S.?

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Marianne Reat, from Austin, TX who knew that Assateague Island National Seashore allows visitors the opportunity to watch wild horses roam across sandy beaches and salt marshes.


Way to go, Marianne!

Red rock forming a deep, but wide canyon as far as the eye can see and bright green trees dotting the canyon floor, outlining the flowing river, snaking its way to the horizon at Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Wow! Where Is That?

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