Find out how the National Park Foundation is helping get national parks back up and running after the most recent hurricanes, our new national park guide, campfire fun, and more.

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NPF Launches Disaster Relief Fund

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When disaster strikes, be it wildfire, hurricane, or tornado, devastation and uncertainty are bound to follow. One thing that is certain, however, is that the National Park Foundation is here to help our treasured national parks, and the communities they support, recover.

 

Find out how the National Park Foundation is helping get national parks back up and running after the most recent hurricanes, and how this effort will continue into the future.

Inspiring the Next Generation at Glacier National Park

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Our national parks offer powerful in-park learning experiences such as the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. Youth and veterans gain valuable training, skills, and work experience while also participating in important conservation and restoration work. At Glacier National Park, youth worked on a multi-year project to increase accessibility on the Swiftcurrent Lake Trail. The project, which began in 2011, allowed the young crew members to work this summer to continue to create a level trail that can be accessed and enjoyed by people of all ages. Learn more about our work and how you can support projects that allow more people to enjoy our national parks and provide valuable skills to youth.

Road Trippin’ Through National Parks

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Looking for a fun getaway to take over a long weekend? Plan ahead by using our newest (and free!) national park guide, “Road Trippin’.” This beautifully designed booklet is complete with 15 sensational road trip itineraries. Flip (or scroll) through to see which options you can start planning for your next #FindYourPark adventure!

Plan Ahead: National Christmas Tree Lighting
on Hallmark Channel Dec. 4

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You won’t want to miss this time-honored holiday tradition – the National Christmas Tree Lighting at President’s Park (White House)! For the second time, the Hallmark Channel is partnering with the National Park Foundation to exclusively broadcast the special ceremony. So, mark it down on your calendars: the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting will be airing on Hallmark Channel on Monday, December 4. Also, be sure to bookmark thenationaltree.org for the latest updates on talent and fun facts about the event’s history. And if you’re a social media lover, be sure to follow @TheNationalTree and join in the fun holiday banter using #NCTL2017!

Get Your Free National Park Owner's Guides

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.

Support Your Parks

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Show off your love and support for America’s national parks with NPF gear!

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Make a difference for America's treasured places – today, and for years to come.

A Genius, Two Brothers, and Fake Heads

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What are some of the spookiest remains from one of America’s most notorious high-security prisons? These fake heads! They were assembled by the only inmates to successfully escape Alcatraz Island. The dummies are still preserved and help keep alive one of the hundreds of stories memorialized at this San Francisco park. To learn the specifics of this escape and the men behind it, read on.

Venturing to the Top

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Have you ever climbed a mountain? Maybe. Have you ever climbed the tallest mountain in each state? Probably not, but thirteen-year old Lucy Westlake almost has! Read her inspirational story and learn more about the fascinating sport known as highpointing. By the time you’ve finished, you’ll be itching to grab a park map and tie up your hiking boots!

Connecting the Twin Cities
to the River that Runs Through Them

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For Mississippi Park Connection staff, the core values guiding their day-to-day work in partnership with the Mississippi National River Recreation Area come down to a few simple tenets: keeping focus on the community, cultivating inspiration and resiliency, partnering for constructive change, and embracing the joy the river can bring. Learn more about the park and its partners here.

Batty for Bats

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There are no confirmed witch or goblin sightings in national parks at this time – but one thing you can definitely find is bats! In fact, there are over 50 species of bats spread throughout the National Park System. For an educational and eye-opening read on these misunderstood mammals, head to our blog.

Get Weak in the Knees on these Romantic
National Park Getaways

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Fall is the perfect time to share a warm thermos of hot apple cider and take a slow hike hand-in-hand with a loved one! Crisp air and golden foliage set the mood for a fun outing with your beloved. For ideas on parks to explore for a memorable outdoor date in the cooler weather, check out this helpful list of romantic spots.

Campfire Fun

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Feeling daring? Then check our Campfire Stories, a collection of folklore and legend inspired tales, created in partnership with Joseph Gordon-Levitt's hitRECord, that are sure to add some frightful fun to your fall hayride or campfire. So throw on something warm, break out the s’mores, and gather your friends for some fun around the crackling fire.

 

The Official Find Your Park Store carries a selection of park-inspired apparel and accessories that celebrate the National Park Service and encourage everyone to get out there and #FindYourPark. And the best news of all – 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

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What NPS unit east of the Mississippi has the greatest number of natural arch formations? (Note: a true arch has an opening of one square meter or more).

And congratulations to last month's winner, Robert Otto, from St. Paul, MN, who knew that American Memorial Park, in Saipan, commemorates the servicemen and women, and local residents, who lost their lives during the most decisive battle, heralding the beginning of the end of the Pacific War.

Way to go, Robert!

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