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Parks 101: Back to the Basics

In honor of the National Park Service’s 101st birthday in 2017, we’re inviting visitors to discover lesser-known parks, heritage areas, histories, and more as part of the #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque movement. The little-known gems we’ll be showcasing are part of a series we’re calling Parks 101. The theme explores exciting experiences and stories by sharing content on a range of topics – camping 101, diving 101, battlefields 101, women making history 101, equality and civil rights 101... the possibilities are endless! Throughout the year, we’ll share lesser-known stories about these remarkable places through live events, social media moments, digital content, and more. Head over to the blog to learn more!

Summer on the Trails

Are your vacation plans taking you to a national park this summer? National parks are great places to enjoy many of your favorite recreation activities – kayaking, fly-fishing, hiking, biking, or yoga. Check out some of the fun activities being offered this summer through our Active Trails program, and help us support more programs that help families experience our national parks in new and unique ways!

Parading through Patriotic Parks

Still haven't settled on your July 4 plans? Go beyond hot dogs and fireworks this Independence Day by visiting your national parks. Here's a list of parks across the country that teach us about our diverse American history. From abolitionist sites in Boston to César E. Chávez's gravesite in California, exploring this land's rich history is the best way to celebrate!

Lights, Camera, Action!

Are you a national park super fan? Have they changed your life? Inspired you to be more than just a visitor? If so, a longstanding partner of the National Park Foundation is looking for you (or someone you know) to star in their Holiday TV commercial. Please contact [email protected] by June 30 for more information. Don’t miss your chance at stardom and the opportunity to share your passion and enthusiasm for our national parks!

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

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

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

Summer by the Seashore

“I heard or seemed to hear the chiding Sea
Say, Pilgrim, why so late and slow to come…”

 

Emerson understood the seashore’s summer appeal. Make the most of summer this year by taking a break from the daily hustle to enjoy the sea breeze and dig your toes in the sand. Read on to learn about 10 coastal parks that can ease your mind with their rhythmic waves and briny breezes.

Preserving the Wild Watershed

For over 200 miles in northwest Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota, the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway (SACN) flows through some of the most scenic and undeveloped land in the midwestern United States. Made up of the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers, SACN’s pristine waters, forested landscape, and diverse, scenic beauty have been preserved as a part of the National Park Service for nearly 50 years. The St. Croix River Association works to protect, restore and celebrate the St. Croix River, and is the oldest citizen organization in Minnesota focused on the protection of natural resources. Read more about their work on our blog.

Aesthetic Inspiration from a Grand Landscape

The focus of parks is usually their natural beauty or historical significance. Mary Coulter, an early 20th century architect, created lasting structures that helped tell the parks' stories, while keeping the focus on the natural setting. Learn more here about this incredible female architect whose formative work contributed to what we know as the Parkitecture aesthetic.

Donor Spotlight: Donna Boone

“With all the funding challenges the National Park Service faces, I believe it’s more important than ever for private citizens like me to contribute what they can to support our parks.”

 

Donna Boone feels passionately about our national parks and wants to make sure they are protected for future generations to enjoy. Read Donna’s story and learn how to leave a legacy gift to the National Park Foundation.

Last Chance for 2016 Gear

It’s not too late to take home a piece of the 2016 celebration—and all NPS Centennial commemorative items are currently on sale! Supplies are very limited, so don’t wait, check out the store today.

 

Looking for something other than 2016 gear? We’ve got you covered. The Official Find Your Park Store carries lots of fun, park-inspired apparel and accessories that celebrate the National Park Service and encourage all to get out there and #FindYourPark. And the best news of all—100 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

The Spanish conquistadors called it "the bad country" as the razor-sharp, black rock proved to be a formidable obstacle. What national park site preserves these lava flows, petroglyphs, and other historical remnants?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Wes Miller, from Victoria, TX who knew that fossilized remains of the pterosaur, and its 35-foot wingspan, were found at Big Bend National Park.

Way to go, Wes!

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