This September we’re sharing NPS sites and stories connected to Labor History, Hispanic Heritage, Women in Parks, and more.

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Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

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Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 through October 15. Explore a small sample of the parks that celebrate and honor the multi-faceted histories and cultures of Hispanic communities in the U.S. and the work NPF is doing to support parks, programs, and projects that provide a more comprehensive understanding of our country’s history.

Empowering Women Veterans

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Biscayne National Park is home to colorful fishes, coral reefs, ancient shipwrecks, and so much more. NPS’ Submerged Resources Center (SRC) works year-round to protect and preserve these underwater resources. Find out how NPF is helping SRC to accomplish its mission, while connecting women combat veterans to opportunities for healing, camaraderie, and service in our national parks.

Reducing Our Footprint Together

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According to a survey co-commissioned by NPF and Tupperware Brands, 83% of people wish it were easier to take actions to reduce the amount of waste they generate. NPF and Tupperware Brands are meeting the demand for sustainable options by installing water refill stations and supporting recycling and composting in parks. Dig into the survey findings and learn how NPF works with partners like Tupperware Brands to reduce single-use plastic bottles and food waste, and increase access to drinking water.

Learning In and From Our National Parks

A mountaintop view of North Cascades National Park with the flower dusted mountainside leads down to the tree-filled valley

National Park Service interns have the unique opportunity to give back to our national parks while picking up new skills and professional development experiences. Meet and explore the work of incredible interns of the Mosaics in Science and Historically Black Colleges and Universities internship programs whose opportunities were made possible by NPF, Environment for the Americas, Greening Youth Foundation, NPS, and Apple.

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Support Your Parks

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Making Friends at Anacostia Park

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As the largest park site in the National Capital Parks-East region, Anacostia Park is home to waterfront views, an aquatic garden, a roller-skating rink, and more right in Washington, D.C. NPF, NPS, and many community partners have been working hand in hand to establish a new philanthropic partner for this park. Read the full story of how NPF and our partners have supported the beginning of the Friends of Anacostia Park.

All Aboard at Pullman National Monument

Artist Joe Nelson walks beside a huge mural depicting the historic labor work that was done at  Pullman National Monument

Pullman National Monument officially opened its visitor center doors over Labor Day weekend, thanks in part to the support of NPF and donors, with a lead grant from the Pritzker Traubert Foundation. To celebrate, NPF and Union Pacific Railroad commissioned Chicago artist Joe Nelson to create a vintage-style poster honoring the stories of Pullman. Go behind the scenes with Joe to learn about his poster design and inspiration.

In Case You Missed It

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Transforming Katahdin: The Life’s Work of Roxanne Quimby

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"When I had the opportunity to give back to this country, for basically providing a home for our family, the national parks were my choice.” A lifelong environmentalist and proud Mainer, the world knows Roxanne Quimby for her work with the eco-friendly personal care line Burt’s Bees. Get to know her as a lifetime supporter of national parks through her dream of establishing Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Make an Impact with a Monthly Gift

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As an NPF supporter, you create a living legacy celebrating our magnificent park system. Become a monthly donor of $15 or more by September 21, you’ll receive an NPF grocery bag to take on your next park visit or just your next trip to the store. It’s an eco-friendly way to show your extra-special commitment to protecting and preserving parks. Already a monthly donor? Take your support to the next level by upgrading your monthly gift today.

Trip of a Lifetime

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Donna Boone fell in love with the national parks during a cross-country road trip, stopping at as many sites as she could. That trip changed her view of the parks forever, and she decided to act. “I named the National Park Foundation as the beneficiary of my 401(k) plan. It was so easy!" Visit our website to read the rest of Donna’s story and to learn how a legacy gift could work for you.

Meet Karen Arey, National Park Ambassador

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Karen is a project manager in the National Park Service’s transportation division, duty stationed in Washington, D.C. Karen helps parks evaluate and make decisions about how to treat their roads and has overseen projects like the rehabilitation of the Arlington Memorial Bridge and the restoration of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. Learn more about Karen’s work and thank a National Park Ambassador today.

Back to School with National Parks

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National parks offer all sorts of ways to explore and discover new things – and learning doesn’t end when you leave the park. Explore just some of the educational park-inspired fun that brings the lessons of our national parks to the comfort of your home – from Junior Ranger programs to hands-on activities – there is something for the whole family to enjoy!

This Month's Quiz

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Which national park unit celebrates the Cold War-era treaty which brought at harmonious settlement to a 100-year-old boundary dispute between the U.S. and Mexico?

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Congratulations to last month’s winner, Rolando Garcia, from Palo Alto, CA who knew that South Carolina’s Congaree National Park preserves the largest intact expand of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the southeastern U.S.

Way to go, Rolando!

Driftwood sits camouflaged in tall grasses along the shore of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve with hazy mountains lining the horizon

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