Trailblazing Women and the Parks that Honor Them

Trailblazing Women and the Parks that Honor Them

Remarkable, tough, and uncompromising women like Maggie L. Walker and Clara Barton were pivotal in shaping our nation. The fascinating tales of their struggles and accomplishments are forever preserved within national parks across the country, beyond the well-known Women's Rights National Historical Park. These six parks are just a few of the many National Park Service sites across the U.S. that are dedicated to the strong women who have shaped, and continue to shape, the course of American history. Get out there and explore their stories – some might even be new to you!

Save the Dates: National Park Week 2017

The annual National Park Week celebration is approaching! Have you marked the dates in your calendar yet? From April 15 through April 23, park lovers across the country will commemorate the over 400 astounding sites we’re proud to call our national parks.


Invite a friend who has never experienced a national park, explore the incredible stories preserved within them, and be inspired to #FindYourPark – o mejor dicho, #EncuentraTuParque – time and time again! The next set of fee-free days fall on the weekends of National Park Week: April 15-16 and April 22-23. Make plans to get out and enjoy the rich cultural, historical, and natural places preserved for this and future generations!

Building Unique Community-Based Collaborations

Ensuring the sustainability of Every Kid in a Park (EKiP) programs is a multi-faceted challenge, and it’s one the National Park Foundation is committed to helping solve. That’s why we’ve evolved our EKiP field trip grants from a transportation-grant model to a community-based one. By asking constituents how national parks and public lands can help improve the lives of 4th graders and their families, we are able to make deeper investments in parks and their community partners to engage new audiences.


Nine cities have embraced this idea and are beginning to design programs that bring classroom lessons to life in parks. Head over to our blog to see how we’re helping build sustainable collaborations in communities across the nation.

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Make your national park experience better than ever. These FREE downloadable national park Owner's Guides are filled with travel tips and inside information on what not to miss. It's your one-stop resource to discover all your national parks! Download today!

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Where to Find the Best National Park Flowers

The impending arrival of spring is welcomed news for wildflower enthusiasts! Many will head to national parks to view the brilliant blooms as they fill the fields and line the trails. Read about these seven landscapes where you can enjoy some of the best national park flowers, and be inspired to find beautiful buds in a park near you.

From Earth to Mars on the California Zephyr

Since the beginning of the 20th century, railroads have played an active role in promoting and developing America’s national parks, providing a scenic and relaxing way to visit some of the most picturesque public lands. A ride on the California Zephyr route allows you to explore some of the country’s most spectacular national parks, including Rocky Mountain, Arches, Canyonlands, and Yellowstone national parks. Read more about this travel idea here.

Supporting the “Palace in the Wilderness”

Located just 20 minutes outside of Baltimore, MD stands the only unit of the National Park Service that was established for its “outstanding merit as an architectural monument,” rather than connection to a person or event. The mansion at Hampton National Historic Site, built by the Ridgley family between 1783 and 1790, stands today as a shining example of Georgian architecture in the United States – all with support of its primary philanthropic partner, Historic Hampton, Inc. Learn more about this unique site on our blog.

Donor Spotlight: Jay Lindsey

“What’s greater than seeing the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, a giant redwood tree, or the Pacific coastline? 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.”


Read more of Jay Lindsey’s story on our website and learn how anyone can leave a future gift to the National Park Foundation through a legacy gift.

Escape Winter with a National Park
Spring Break Getaway

Whether you're a weary student or just weary of winter, spring’s promise of warmer temperatures and blossoming beauty likely excites you. If the thought of going hiking in the wilderness, swimming on a secluded beach, or exploring in the big city sounds appealing, then planning a spring break trip to a national park should be on your to-do list. Check out these 8 ideas for inspiration and get some fun scheduled into your life!

Show Off Your Park Style

The National Park Foundation is proud to offer our supporters a great way to show their love for the national parks – while supporting them at the same time. The Official Find Your Park Store carries fun park inspired apparel and accessories that celebrate the National Park Service and encourage all to get out there and #FindYourPark. One hundred percent of the proceeds from your purchase go to the National Park Foundation to help preserve and protect these special places.

This Month's Quiz

One day, the death of a pig resulted in an armed, yet bloodless conflict — starting with the launch of 3 warships and ending in diplomacy. At which national park did this occur and what was the name of this confrontation?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Bara Berg, from St Paul, MN, who knew that Kalaupapa National Historical Park was once an isolation settlement, from 1865-1969, for Leprosy (Hansen’s disease.)

Way to go, Bara!

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