In partnership with the Families and Friends of Flight 93 and the National Park Foundation, Flight 93 National Memorial broke ground (and sound) on the final design element of the park – the Tower of Voices.

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A Story of Valor That Will Ring Through Time

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In partnership with the Families and Friends of Flight 93 and the National Park Foundation, Flight 93 National Memorial broke ground (and sound) on the final design element of the park – the Tower of Voices. The 93-foot-tall tower will contain 40 wind chimes, each with a unique tone, to symbolize the voices of the 40 passengers and crew members who were killed when the plane crashed into a quiet Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001.


Learn more about how this national park honors the memory of those lost year-round.

Los Angeles Youth Hit the Trail

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Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is the largest urban park in the country, yet many nearby residents have never visited! SAMO Youth is a park service program that brings a group of ethnically diverse youth with interest in careers with the agency to the park for 8 weeks. Together, they care for the park and learn firsthand about a career in the park service. Reading this piece will have you impressed by these dedicated conservation-minded teens.

Hurricane Recovery

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The National Park Foundation stands firmly in support of the National Park Service, its employees, and the communities in which they live and work. While it is still too early to know exactly what the recovery needs may be, the National Park Foundation is ready to help where it can. Once the National Park Service further assesses the damage to park resources, the foundation will do what we can to address the diversity of impacts in affected areas across the country. We will keep you up-to-date as information becomes available. Until then, information on National Park Service’s severe weather response can be found here.

Out of the Classroom and into the Park

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The arrival of fall means it’s back to school season! And though school is cool, taking school to the parks is considerably cooler. The parks offer 100+ types of field trips across the U.S. that touch on every subject and offer something for every grade level, from seeing animals interact firsthand in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to understanding more fully the life of Harriet Tubman at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park.


Head over to our blog to learn more about the many ways parks offer educational opportunities for kids of all ages.

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.

Celebrate the Parks

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National Public Lands Day is just around the corner! On Saturday, September 30, join the celebration by visiting, volunteering, or supporting your local park. Whether your interest lies in Hispanic history in the United States, watching a historical reenactment, or trekking off into the wilderness, there is something for everyone in our treasured public lands. And to top it off, entrance fees will be waived in our more than 400 national parks – so grab a friend and start making plans for a Saturday adventure.

Finding Common Ground in a Neighborly Way

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A century-old border dispute. A shifting river. A national park dedicated to remembering what two nations accomplished here.


Chamizal National Memorial commemorates the diplomatic resolution born out of the Chamizal Convention of 1963, when the U.S. and Mexico resolved the acrimony caused by the changing banks of the Rio Grande River. Today, this Texan park serves as a hub for cultural exchange and appreciation. Learn more about Chamizal over on the blog and join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by exploring the shared heritage preserved in national parks across the country.

A Literary Genius Commemorated
at an Aviation Stronghold

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One of America’s greatest poets was born in Ohio to two former slaves. Today, Paul Laurence Dunbar’s life and works are remembered at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, an NPS site that also highlights legacy of Dunbar’s high school classmate, Orville Wright. More information about the life of this literary genius can be found on the blog.

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A Voyageur’s Experience in Minnesota’s Northwoods

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Enjoyed by over 230,000 visitors annually, Voyageurs National Park offers plenty of adventure. From water-based recreation and camping experiences, to pristine lakes and world-class fishing, to winter ice roads and starry skies, Voyageurs provides a unique wilderness experience for everyone. Read more about the park and its partners at Voyageurs National Park Association on our blog.

When Nature is the Muse:
Photography in National Parks

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Selfies and pictures of your food are fun to share with friends, but vivid photos of park architecture or the night sky are considerably more impressive. This post highlights just a few of the many parks that offer classes or suggestions for improving your photography skills. Take a peek here to get inspired, then do some research to learn about opportunities to practice photography in a park near you.

Leaving a Lasting Legacy

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“With the crazy lifestyle we lead – the fast-paced world we live in – at the parks you can go unplug and focus on each other and nature.”


Susan and Will Harbaugh included a gift to the National Park Foundation in their will to make sure the national parks can be enjoyed far into the next century. They started out giving annual gifts to the Foundation, but when it came time for Susan and Will to create a will, it felt only natural that they include a percentage to the parks. “We want to do something for future generations of park visitors, both the two-legged and four-legged variety.” To learn more about how you can leave a legacy gift to the National Park Foundation visit our website.

Find Your Park Sweepstakes

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You could win a Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park adventure! One lucky grand prize winner and 3 guests will see waterfalls, hoodoos, the Virgin River Narrows and more as they explore Zion and Bryce Canyon by foot – a truly immersive and memorable way to experience these iconic national parks. A second-place winner will receive 30 days access to an all-wheel drive vehicle, plus loads of other gear – everything you need to create your own national park adventure. Enter the sweepstakes before 9/29 for your chance to win!*

Show Off Your Park Style

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Want to showcase your love and support of national parks on your next outdoor adventure? Then check out The Official Find Your Park Store’s selection 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.

This Month's Quiz

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What NPS site 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?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Rick Williams, from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, who knew that the most well-formed and abundant boxwork (thin blades of calcite formations) can be found in Wind Cave National Park.

Way to go, Rick!

*NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. THE PURCHASE OF ANY GOOD OR SERVICE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Begins on August 29, 2017 at 12:00:00 p.m. noon Eastern Time ("ET") and ends on September 29, 2017 at 5:00:00 p.m. ET. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., who are 18 or older at the time of entry. Void outside of the 50 United States/D.C. and where prohibited by law. For complete rules, which govern, go to SPONSOR: National Park Foundation, 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 200 Washington, DC 20005.

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