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June is Great Outdoors Month!

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As you plan your next outdoor adventure, whether it’s a weekend at the seaside in the summer or a multi-state road trip, make sure you plan ahead to make your visit is a safe one. Check out our tips for safely visiting parks, including guides on how best to pack for your trip and how to ensure you leave no trace in our national parks.

Celebrating Pride and Ensuring Representation

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This Pride Month and every month, NPF is committed to helping expand the stories and perspectives shared through national parks so that LGBTQ+ communities see themselves reflected and respected across the landscapes, history, and heritage of national parks. Listen to the words of young LGBTQ+ leaders, part of single-identity service corps crews NPF supports across the country, about the power of being yourself in our parks.

Butterflies of the Grand Canyon

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Among the varied wildlife of Grand Canyon National Park is the monarch butterfly, one of many pollinators that inhabit the national park system. Pollinators play a crucial role in maintaining the ecosystems of our parks by fertilizing flowering plants. Find out how we’re helping monarch butterfly and other pollinator populations through our work in landscape and wildlife conservation.

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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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Commemorating Juneteeth

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Juneteenth is the recognition of the moment in 1865 that 250,000 enslaved Black Americans in Texas were told they were free, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. NPF’s African American Experience Fund is helping preserve and share more African American narratives, including stories and places that honor Black people’s resilience, innovation, and leadership. Explore ten national parks that honor Black history.

Protect What You Love

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America’s national parks have been at the forefront of conservation and recreation for more than a century. Restoring landscapes and native species protects the intrinsic beauty of these places we share, increasing the health, resilience, and biodiversity found in national parks, and providing even more to visitors. NPF added its voice to the 2nd annual Economist Sustainability Week U.S. to talk about how national parks teach us about the value of nature.

Pride in Our Parks

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National parks are a significant part of Kathi and Kim Miller’s life together. So, when the two started talking about their legacy plans, NPF was a perfect fit. “If you’re a fan of national parks, supporting them in whatever way you can shouldn’t even be a question. It’s our legacy and our country’s legacy. 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.” Read their story and learn how you can support NPF through a gift from your will.

In Case You Missed It

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Follow us on social media for more national park gems like these.

  • Since 2018, NPF has granted more than $15 million to over 180 service corps crews. Read more in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s grants roundup.
  • Black People Who Hike co-founder Debbie Njai was on the Weather Channel to discuss the barriers Black Americans face in accessing and enjoying the outdoors. The group is planning to tour America’s national parks this summer thanks in part to an NPF ParkVentures grant. Hear her story.
  • NPS biologists have been tracking wolves and caribou across the two million acres of Denali National Park & Preserve. Here's how they use it (click for a cute wolf pic).
  • Thanks in part to our friends at Tupperware, water fountains have been installed along the National Mall. These will help reduce plastic waste and keep people hydrated! More fountains are on the way.

Wear Your Support On Your Sleeve

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Summer is a wonderful time to show off your support for national parks, and the Official Find Your Park Store has just the gear you need. The best part? One hundred percent of the proceeds from your purchase go to NPF to help preserve and protect America’s greatest treasures.

This Month's Quiz

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Which Floridian national park site is the only subtropical preserve on the North American continent?

Submit your answer

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Jeff Wilson from Fountaintown, IN who knew that Fort Vancouver National Historic Site protects 4 historic places, including one of the oldest continuously operating airfields.


Well done, Jeff!

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