On December 18, the National Park Foundation kicked off a year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary.

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50 Ways to Celebrate 50 Years

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On December 18, the National Park Foundation kicked off a year-long celebration of our 50th anniversary. Commemorate half a century’s work supporting the National Park Service with us! Think of your own way to celebrate our incredible national parks and the many programs they offer, or choose one of these 50 ways to celebrate with us.

Year in Review: The Best of 2017

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As we transition into the new year, we want to take a moment to look back at 2017 and acknowledge the incredible work that your support made possible. This year alone, we funded over $40 million in projects and programs to protect our precious public lands, to connect people to parks, and to engage the next generation of park stewards. Check out our blog to read about some of our favorite memories and accomplishments from this past year.

Replace Your Resolutions

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If you haven’t already started on your New Year’s resolutions (or if you’ve already given up on them…), start by creating park-centered goals for 2018! They’re a great way to explore and enjoy parks near and far. You’ll be pushing yourself to learn new things and get to know different parts of the country, while still keeping your goals attainable. Read on for 5 goals worth setting and accomplishing by the end of the year.

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Support Your Parks

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This winter, show off your love 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.

Crater Lake Comes to You

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Let’s face it: we’d all rather be in a national park right about now. When you can't get to a park, bringing the park to you is the next best option! That’s why we teamed up with multi-platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley to create a 360-video of Oregon’s magnificent Crater Lake National Park. In this virtual experience, Dierks joins Ranger Charlie to give you an introductory look – or a Crater Lake 101 crash-course, if you will – of some of the can’t-miss treks and vistas found in this gem. So grab your headphones and mobile device, and move all around to explore a 360-view of Crater Lake National Park.

Interpreting the Legacy of the Manhattan Project

Women workers at the Y-12 uranium enrichment plan in Oak Ridge, TN.

Across three states and several sites lies one of the country’s most unique and complex national parks. Manhattan Project National Historical Park preserves three World War II-era sites on which the United States developed the world’s first atomic bomb. The story of the Manhattan Project is one of both significant innovation and immense caution, and the Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) works in partnership with the park to preserve and interpret the Manhattan Project and its legacy. Head over to the blog to learn more about the AHF's support of this national park.

When the Snow Descends

A group of people snowshoeing in a row at Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve

Hiking is one of the most classic ways to enjoy the national parks, but what happens when the temperatures drop and snow descends? The perfect setting for snowshoeing is created! Whether it’s your first time trying the sport, or you were born with snowshoes strapped to your feet, head to your parks this winter to explore the northern parks in this festive manner. For ideas on a few of the national parks known for their snowshoeing, learn more here.

Winter Wonderlands

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Wondering which national park to visit this winter? Start by downloading our free "Winter Wonderlands" Owner’s Guide for ideas on some of the incredible parks that offer an array of winter activities and programming. This guide features 15 parks across the country, providing details on each park’s most popular winter activities and how to get there. Once you’ve chosen which park and which activity, bundle up and #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque!

New Year, New Gear

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Kick off the new year in style with park-inspired gear and accessories that celebrate the National Park Service and encourage everyone to get out there and #FindYourPark. And don’t miss out on the limited-edition products created in partnership with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s hitRECord. 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 national park site(s) tell the story of the only female member of the Chicago Pile? And, what was her name?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Dayton Phelps, from Hurst, TX, who knew that at Poverty Point National Monument visitors will see an engineering marvel, from a pre-agricultural society, that required moving as much as 53 million cubic feet of soil.

Way to go, Dayton!

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