As the year comes to a close we share holiday gift ideas that support national parks, unique winter activities at parks, and more!

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31 Days of Giving to Parks

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This holiday season, we continue to honor national parks through our 31 Days of Giving Campaign. Your support helps protect America's national parks, including natural wonders, cultural landmarks, and places where history was made. Your gift helps care for the places you love and sustains important projects in 2022 and beyond. Enjoy this holiday season and don't forget about the year ahead by making a donation today!

Gifts that Give Back

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‘Tis the season to stock up on national park gifts! NPF is proud to support the beloved landscapes, ecosystems, and historical sites in America’s national parks. This holiday season, share the love and support of America’s national parks through the joy of holiday gift giving. No matter where or when your loved ones adventure, we’ve got you covered. (And while you’re at it, snag something for yourself … go on, you deserve it!)

Winter Wonderlands to Explore

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No matter the season, when you’re visiting a park there are incredible recreational opportunities to try. In winter months, unique activities can connect you to the wilderness, landscapes, and wonder of our national parks. Explore a few of the wonderful winter activities you can try on your next winter park visit.

Partnering for Parks

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For over 50 years, NPF has been helping national parks thrive through land and wildlife conservation, youth education, trail restoration, elevating lesser-known stories, and connecting more people to the wonder of parks. Supporting parks is a collective effort and we gratefully acknowledge the corporate partners that help carry on the long tradition of private philanthropy for national parks. Learn more about the many programs and projects our generous partners help bring to life.

Get Your Free National Park Owner's Guides

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 holiday show off your park pride with NPF gear.

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Make a difference for America's treasured places.

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Share the Love of Parks

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The holiday season is about gratitude, and at NPF one of the things we’re grateful for each year is the opportunity to be a part of Subaru of America’s Share the Love Event. Now through January 3, 2022, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer's choice of participating charities, including NPF, for every new Subaru purchased or leased during the event. By the end of this year’s event, Subaru and its participating retailers will have provided over $40 million in cash and in-kind support to NPF. Learn more about Share the Love and find a retailer near you.

Dispatches from a Superintendent  

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Living and working in her peoples’ ancestral lands, Superintendent Alisha Deegan manages the natural and cultural resources, as well as the day-to-day operations, of Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site in North Dakota. Read our Q&A with Superintendent Deegan to learn more about her personal connections to parks, her career with NPS, and her leadership within her work and local communities.

Congratulations NPS Director Chuck Sams!  

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The National Park Foundation celebrates the confirmation of Chuck Sams as the 19th Director of the National Park Service. We are excited to work with Director Sams to protect America’s national parks and to connect more people to these special places we share.

Last Call for Share the Experience Contest Photos! 

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It's not too late to enter photos from your national park trips in the 2021 Share the Experience Photo Contest! NPF and recreation.gov invite you to share your most spectacular photos, now through December 31, for the chance to win amazing cash prizes, hotel stays and possibly to have your photo featured on the 2023 Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Enter Now!

‘Tis the Season in National Parks 

The National Christmas Tree is lit in red and white lights, next to it, the U.S. Army Band plays for Billy Porter's performance at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at President's Park with the White House illuminated in the distance

Get into the holiday spirit and watch 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. You can still catch the broadcast of this special event from the comfort of home on CBS.com throughout the month.

In Case You Missed It

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This Month's Quiz

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At which Wisconsin national park unit can you enjoy a walk through ice caves along the shore of Lake Superior?

Submit your answer

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Wayne Fellabaum, from Palm Springs, CA who knew that New Mexico’s Petroglyph National Monument features an estimated 25,000 images carved by native peoples and early Spanish settlers.


Way to go, Wayne!

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Wow! Where Is That?

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