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An Olympian Idol Draws Inspiration from Historic Heroes

Olympic gold medalist and Magnificent Seven gymnast Dominique Dawes joined the National Park Foundation for a special tour of three lesser-known national parks in the D.C. area. The day’s theme centered on Equality 101 and explored sites where the struggle for women’s equality and civil rights are preserved. Read on here to see her experience and be inspired to #FindYourPark.

National Parks Bring History to Life

Through our support of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, the National Park Foundation helps to provide fourth graders the opportunity to visit a national park during the school year. So far, we have successfully granted $3.4 million through our transportation funds to 307 federal land and water agency sites.

 

During the 2016-17 school year, we expanded the initiative to support community-driven programs in nine focus cities, including Baltimore, Houston, and Cleveland. In Baltimore, students recently visited Hampton National Historic Site, where they had the opportunity to travel back in time as they experienced what life was like in the late 1700s. Learn more about their trip on our blog.

Your Home Away from Home

To make it easier for you to find your park, Airbnb and the National Park Foundation have partnered to connect you with accommodations in gateway communities near 10 national parks. Airbnb has designed custom park pages with highlighted listings, park information, and links to National Park Service trip-planning resources for the following national parks: Acadia, Badlands, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Olympic, Rocky Mountain, Sequoia & Kings Canyon, Shenandoah, and Zion. To learn more, visit our partnership homepage!

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Walking Toward a Better Life

In 2012, when Coach Robin Renee joined GirlTrek, the movement that has inspired over 100,000 women to walk across the country was only two years old. "This is what I was meant to do. I was walking anyway and GirlTrek gave me the opportunity to organize people and be a part of something bigger." That movement has since grown into a national phenomenon and is taking concepts of health advocacy for African-American women and bringing it back to the basics. Put simply, it gets its members outside and walking. Read more about their inspiring work on our blog.

Picnicking 101: Finding Your Picnic Spot

Picnic season is in full swing! Sharing a meal with friends or family outdoors is one of the simplest summer pleasures. For some picnic location inspiration, peruse our picnicking 101 post and check out some epic suggestions for an unforgettable summer picnic. Then start assembling some PB&Js!

Donor Spotlight: Susan Fraker

“The parks were such a change from our lives in New York City. I still get goose bumps when I think about visiting Sequoia National Park. I had never seen anything as spectacular as those trees. For me, they were a religious experience … that’s why I’ve made the National Park Foundation a beneficiary of my IRA. I know the Foundation will spend my money wisely to preserve the parks for the next 100 years – and beyond. No place on earth is more beautiful than our national parks, and I truly believe the beauty we see there makes us better people.”

 

Like many of you, Susan feels passionately about our national parks and wants to make sure they are protected for her sons, and all future generations to enjoy. Read more of Susan’s story here, and learn how to plan a legacy gift to the National Park Foundation. Have questions? Contact our Office of Planned Giving at (202) 796-2500 or [email protected].

A Bibliophile's Guide to Finding Your Park

Our national parks preserve flora and fauna and … books! Many sites across the country preserve libraries from some great thinkers in American history. To learn more about a few of these incredible sources of knowledge and history, take a peek at our park guide for bibliophiles.

Supreme Court to Steven Spielberg:
A Bible Like No Other

You can’t judge a book by its cover. The Mendi Bible, preserved at Adams National Historical Park, is no exception. This Bible has an incredible history, one that inspired a movie directed by Steven Spielberg and even led to its theft before it was thankfully returned to the library. For an interesting historical read, find out more on the blog.

Places to Visit in Idaho: 3 National Parks in 3 Days

“Little Ida” deserves a lot more credit than it receives. When it comes to national parks, this state is home to some stunning landscapes. Whether you’re planning a trip to Idaho in the coming months or you’ve never thought about Idaho as a destination until now, learn more about all that this northwestern state has to offer here.

Show Off Your Park Style

Want to showcase your love and support of national parks on your next outdoor adventure? 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 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.

 

PS – if you act fast, you may still be able to snag a few 2016 commemorative items. Quantities are very limited, so don’t delay!

This Month's Quiz

Which National Park Service site was a key inspiration during the War of 1812, and served as a Union transfer prison camp during the Civil War?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Isabell Gutierrez, from Baldwin Park, CA, who knew that the Spanish Conquistadors called El Malpais National Monument “the bad country” due to the abundant razor-sharp, black rock.

Way to go, Isabell!

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