This month we celebrate Native American history in the national parks as well as the work volunteers and partners do to make the visitor experience more enjoyable.

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Parks that Celebrate Native American Heritage

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National parks protect, preserve, and share the stories of our country’s histories and cultures, including those of Indigenous peoples. The National Park Foundation is proud to support projects, programs, and research that continues to explore the multifaceted heritage of native people. Explore a small sample of parks that honor and celebrate Native American heritage and history.

Casting a Wider Net

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The national park system protects a wide array of bodies of water, including rivers, lakes, creeks, and seashores, nearly 200 of which welcome visitors for recreational fishing. NPF proudly supports NPS’s Junior Ranger Angler program, which introduces kids to the sport of fishing through fun lessons and family-friendly activities. Explore some of the exciting experiences that NPF has helped make possible.

Give Gifts that Keep on Giving

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‘Tis the season to stock up on national park gifts for your loved ones (and yourself!) At NPF, we are proud to support some of the world's most scenic, historic, and cultural places. This holiday season, give a gift that keeps giving – to others and to our parks. No matter where or when your loved one discovers the wonder of our national treasures, we’ve got you covered.


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#GivingTuesday is November 30, but don’t wait to make a difference. When you make a contribution to NPF right now, your gift will have twice the impact in parks! Our longtime partner, Union Pacific Railroad, is challenging you to join them in supporting NPF to raise $350,000 for #GivingTuesday. Your gift, combined with the already committed funds from Union Pacific Railroad, will double the impact in our parks.

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Celebrating the 99th National Christmas Tree Lighting

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Start your 2021 holiday season with the National Christmas Tree Lighting! This beloved tradition, presented by NPF and NPS, features musical performances and the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree in President’s Park. In partnership with NPF, CBS will broadcast the 2021 ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 5 (8:30 – 9:30 PM, ET/ 8:00-9:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Don't Feed the Landfills  

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Over 300 million people visit national parks each year, and with them comes literally tons of trash. NPF is working to make sustainability second nature for visitors, and park infrastructure more environmentally friendly. Supported through Subaru of America's annual Share the Love Event, NPF collaborated on a pilot program that kept 16 million pounds (and counting!) of waste out of landfills at Denali, Grand Teton, and Yosemite National Parks. Learn more about our efforts and what you can do to be a part of the solution!

Inspiring Future Park Volunteers  

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NPF recently co-hosted a fun and engaging virtual panel discussion about volunteering in national parks with NPS. There are so many ways to work with national parks to preserve natural, cultural, and historical places across the country. Check out the conversation, featuring NPF’s Community Partnerships team and NPF grantee Ice Age Trail Alliance, to explore the ways NPF supports volunteering in parks and how you can get involved.

In Case You Missed It

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Pride in Our Parks

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The national parks are a significant part of Kathi and Kim Miller’s life together. So when the two started talking about their legacy plans, the National Park Foundation was a perfect fit. “These natural and historical wonders belong to everyone. And we’re proud to do our part to ensure they remain for many generations to come.” Visit our website to read their story and learn how a gift from your will could work for you.

Making a Difference with Cassius Cash

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Superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park since 2015, Cassius Cash is responsible for everything from staff resources to developing new programs. Learn more about Superintendent Cash and his belief that being in parks is good for the mind, body, and soul. Behind every national park is a team of people maintain the extraordinary – including Superintendent Cash. Send your thanks to an NPS employee or volunteer today.

This Month's Quiz

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Which national park unit in New Mexico features an estimated 25,000 images carved by native peoples and early Spanish settlers?

Submit your answer

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Kathleen Jenkins, from Wichita, KS who knew that Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site celebrates America’s only Nobel Prize winning playwright.

Way to go, Kathleen!

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Wow! Where Is That?

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