September 22 is National Public Lands Day — and that means it's a fee-free day at all of the national parks!

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National Public Lands Day Is This Weekend!

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September 22 is National Public Lands Day — and that means it’s a fee-free day at all of the national parks! Take advantage of the holiday by exploring or volunteering at a nearby park. Many national parks will have fun events and activities. For a few ideas, we’ve created this short-list with a sampling of cool volunteer events to check out.

Bringing Learning to Life

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This school year, the National Park Foundation is providing grants to parks across the nation to support hands-on learning opportunities in science, math, social studies, literature, and the arts through Open OutDoors for Kids. This initiative connects kids to parks across the country and helps develop their life-long connection to these special places through fun and engaging park activities. Read more on our blog.

A Perfectly Natural Partnership

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NPF is excited to announce the addition of our newest Find Your Park premier partner: L.L.Bean! L.L.Bean’s relationship with the parks includes more than 100 years of providing visitors with the outdoor apparel and gear needed to get outside and experience parks. As the Official Outfitter of NPF, L.L.Bean will continue encouraging family and friends to enjoy the outdoors, whether it’s a remote landscape or an urban green space, a favorite trail or a lesser-known park. To learn more about our partnership, visit

Last Call to Enter the #PicYourParkContest

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It’s the final month of our #PicYourParkContest, but there are still plenty of opportunities to join in the fun. For those who haven’t checked it out yet, each time you post a selfie on Instagram from a different national park with the hashtag #PicYourParkContest and the park’s geotag, you can increase your point total and get closer to winning the grand prize national park trip! This month, you’ll earn bonus points for tagging national recreation areas, national reserves, and national preserves. For more information on details, rules, and resources, check out the contest’s website.

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Support Your Parks

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Honoring the Heroes of Flight 93

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Flight 93 National Memorial provides visitors with an incredibly meaningful place to honor the sacrifice of the 40 heroes of Flight 93. On September 11, 2001, the passengers and crew of Flight 93 came together to prevent the plane’s hijackers from reaching their target — the U.S. Capitol. They saved many lives and their heroic story is preserved at this beautiful site. Watch this touching new video, produced by the National Park Service and NPF, to learn about the memorial and those it honors.

Your Help Is Needed

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With the end of our 2018 fiscal year now just a few short weeks away, we need your help to close the budget gap before month’s end. With your support, NPF will be well-positioned to continue the vital work of protecting our national parks, connecting people from all walks of life to them, and engaging the next generation of park stewards. Thank you for being a park steward!


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Ever need just a few minutes of relief from your fast-paced life? Our new PARKTRACKS, created in partnership with the National Park Service’s Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, let’s you have just that! With this short clip, you can tune in to the relaxing sounds of America’s national parks. Listen anytime to escape your day and #FindYourPark wherever you are.

National Parks at the Movies

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National parks are featured in many famous films, and they’ll be in the theater spotlight once again thanks to a partnership between NPF, Coca-Cola®, Regal Cinemas, and Xanterra. When you visit Regal Cinemas locations across the country from now until September 27, you’ll see popcorn tubs and fountain beverage cups featuring the "Put Yourself in Park" sweepstakes. Movie-goers enjoying select refreshments will be invited to scan a sip & scan® icon for a 360-degree national park experience and also enter for a chance to win a trip to the Oasis Resort in Death Valley National Park. Head over to the National Park Foundation blog to check out what other national parks have been Hollywood A-listers over the years!

Powerful City Park Partners

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Imagine the perfect day outside — the sounds of the birds, the shade of a tree, the rejuvenated feeling of connecting with nature. Time in nature is widely documented as an important way to reduce stress, get active, and connect with family and friends. Over 80% of all Americans live in urban areas, which means that for most people, city parks are their closest parks. Head to NPF’s blog to learn more about the City Parks Alliance, a leader in the field of urban parks that supports the creation and advocacy of urban parks through the power of partnership.

Learning History Through Artifacts

A short-handled hoe on display with artifacts at Cesar E. Chavez National Monument

Earlier this month, we celebrated Labor Day and reflected on the contributions workers make to our country. In our recent blog post about the short-handled hoe, an artifact preserved by the National Park Service, we were reminded of the challenges farm workers have overcome and the continuing efforts to create a more equitable society for all.

Leave a Lasting Legacy

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Have you ever considered including a gift to NPF through your will, trust, or other estate plan? Now is the time to act! In honor of NPF's 50th anniversary, our board of directors is encouraging future support of America's national parks. To do so, they will match 10% of each new substantiated estate gift intention to NPF, up to $500,000, throughout this anniversary year. Take this opportunity to ensure our national parks remain vital and relevant to future generations by participating in the 50th Anniversary Legacy Challenge.

Gear Up for Fall

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A new season means it’s time for fresh park-inspired duds! The Official Find Your Park Store carries lots of fun apparel and accessories that show off your park pride and encourage everyone to get out there and #FindYourPark. Now featuring limited-release logo gear and new t-shirt designs, there’s never been a better time to check out the store. The best part? One hundred percent of the proceeds from your purchase go to NPF to help preserve and protect America’s greatest treasures.

This Month's Quiz

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What national park unit is home to the oldest masonry fortress in the country? It’s the only existing 17th century military construction in the country and exemplifies the "bastion system" of fortification.

And congratulations to last month's winner, Denise McFall, from Clay Center, KS, who knew that Buck Island Reef National Monument boasts an underwater trail where snorkelers can explore one of the most pristine barrier coral reef systems in the Caribbean. Way to go, Denise!

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