This Black History Month we're sharing parks that celebrate and honor Black legacies, as well as efforts our partners are making to help parks become more resilient and sustainable, and much so more.

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Celebrating Black History in Parks

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Black history is U.S. history. NPF is committed to honoring and preserving Black history, heritage, and culture through national parks. We’ve been investing in this work for more than 20 years through our African American Experience Fund. Our parks celebrate leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Carter G. Woodson, Medgar and Myrlie Evers, the Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers, the Pullman Porters, and Harriet Tubman. Explore their stories and more through parks.

Keeping Parks Green

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In one year alone, the National Park Service manages nearly 80 million pounds of waste across national parks. That's why NPF teamed up with Tupperware® and its nonprofit, Tupperware Brands Foundation, to ensure park infrastructure is sustainable and efficient for generations to come. We’re so excited to share that these efforts will continue through Tupperware’s renewed commitment to NPF’s Resilience & Sustainability initiatives with $2M multi-year support.

Tracking Wildlife in Denali

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Denali National Park and Preserve is one of the largest national parks and encompasses varied terrain including tundra, forest, and glaciers. Its subartic ecosystem and diverse species make it ideal for scientific study. Find out how funding from NPF is helping further more than 40 years of research and one of the longest-running wildlife monitoring programs by helping track the park’s wolf and caribou populations.

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Parks with Links to Presidential History

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Take a tour through some of the national parks where presidential history was made, where legends and leaders forged a new path, and where today’s visitors can explore centuries of presidential history, as well as the NPF programs that are connecting people to these parks and preserving them for generations.

Meet the NPF Team: Jenny Katz

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From fellow to full-time, Jenny Katz is NPF’s Senior Manager of Lands Programs and oversees land conservation projects. She manages the purchase of priority properties on behalf of the National Park Service and makes grants to partner organizations acquiring lands. Her ultimate goal? Ensure land is protected by the full weight of the National Park Service. Learn more about Jenny’s background, work, and goals at NPF.

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Ensuring Resilience and Sustainability in Our Parks

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Our national parks power more than 26,000 buildings and create millions of pounds of waste annually. That's why NPF is implementing plastic and food waste programs to reduce waste for landfills and adding solar panels and LED lights across parks to reduce energy. Learn more about how our partnerships and programs are keeping parks resilient for generations to come.

Protecting Parks for Future Generations

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“I was able to see these places in all their glory because of those who came before me and protected them. That’s what a legacy is all about” marveled Jay Lindsey. From witnessing amazing natural beauty to seeing history brought to life, Jay’s most powerful visits to parks have left him awestruck. Passion for protecting parks for future generations is why he included a gift to NPF in his will. Read Jay's story and learn how you can do the same.

This Month's Quiz

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Which was the first national park unit designated in Chicago, preserving the labor history stories of an 1894 strike, as well as the formation of the first African American labor union?

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Congratulations to last month’s winner David Boyer, from Palo Alto, CA who knew that California’s Channel Islands National Park is half under water and preserves five islands.

Way to go, David!

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