The National Park Foundation is celebrating its 50th year, and we're also honoring another exciting public lands milestone

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Happy 50th to the Rivers and Trails Systems!

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The National Park Foundation is celebrating its 50th year, and we’re also honoring another exciting public lands milestone. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails and Wild & Scenic Rivers acts, NPF gave 20 grants to enhance the country’s national trails and wild and scenic rivers and improve public access to them. Check out this cool map to see which rivers and trails received grants. Then, learn more about how you can join in the celebration of our beloved public lands.

National Christmas Tree Lighting

The National Christmas Tree lit up in Presidents Park during the 2017 ceremony

Halloween and Thanksgiving may be around the corner… but let’s talk about another favorite holiday event! The annual National Christmas Tree Lighting will be held November 28 on the Ellipse at President’s Park (White House). Together with the National Park Service, NPF is pleased to co-host this holiday tradition. For updates and details, visit thenationaltree.org and follow @TheNationalTree on Twitter.

Delve Into Latinx Culture

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The beauty of our national parks takes on a whole new meaning when you’re learning the diverse stories they preserve. Many of our parks celebrate the different cultures and traditions that make up the American experience. Latinx culture is one of many strands sewn into our national parks. By visiting our blog, you can learn more about the unique ways to experience it for yourself and consider taking part in the annual Latino Conservation Week.

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#FindYourPark to Locate a Geocache

three young kids gather to geocache at Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

There are countless ways to experience our national parks, but when’s the last time you tried something new? This fall, try a new hobby — geocaching! This modern-day scavenger hunt allows visitors to use their phones or GPS devices to uncover digital or physical treasures. This blog post highlights parks that participate in geocaching and what specific rules they may have for the sport. Once you’re hip to the game, #FindYourPark to uncover geocaches for yourself!

Creating Access on the Musconetcong

Line of yellow and green leaves on trees along the Musconetcong River in New Jersey

New Jersey’s Musconetcong Wild & Scenic River is classified as 3.5 miles scenic and 20.7 miles recreational, but all 24.2 miles are worth preserving! As the National Trails and National Wild & Scenic Rivers acts celebrate their 50th anniversary, NPF is excited to continue support of these incredible public lands. Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA) is just one of many friends groups NPF works with to ensure that such important places are protected. Learn more about how MWA is using innovative volunteer and community engagement work to create safe and permanent access to the river’s most popular fishing and swimming areas on our blog.

An Autumnal Getaway

A person walks on a wooden bridge towards a sandy shore on Fire Island

Fall in NYC — a trip to Broadway, a croissant on 5th Ave, the bustle of crowds. The city has an endless amount of things to do and see, but for those looking to experience the quieter side of the tri-state region, consider a visit to some of the incredible national parks located just a ferry or car drive away. This four-day itinerary will get your noggin churning as you plan your own mini-vacation in the area.

The Beauty Makes Us Better

Susan Fraker, a 1916 Society member, sitting in the grass with her family

“No place on earth is more beautiful than our national parks, and I truly believe the beauty we see there makes us better people.” –1916 Society Member Susan Fraker

 

After the loss of her husband, Susan was inspired by our national parks to make new traditions with her sons. Together over five summers, they made lasting memories at several national parks: from the glory of the Northern Lights to the majesty of the mighty sequoias. These experiences have inspired Susan to make the National Park Foundation a beneficiary of her IRA, to preserve the parks for the next 100 years and beyond.

 

Read more about her story on our website and learn how anyone can create a future gift to the NPF through a legacy gift.

Warm Up with Tales of Legend and Lore

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Ghosts, goblins and ghouls, oh my! Check out our Campfire Stories, a collection of terrifying tales that are sure to add a bit of fright to your fall campfire. So bundle up, grab a thermos of hot apple cider, and gather ‘round for these spooky stories. But don’t blame us if you end up sleeping with the lights on.

 

Not feeling so daring? The Official Find Your Park Store carries lots of other fun activities and gear for when you #FindYourPark this fall. The best part? One hundred percent of the proceeds from your purchase go to the National Park Foundation to help preserve and protect America’s greatest treasures.

This Month's Quiz

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What national park site explores the lives of the Hidatsa, "People of the Willows," along the Upper Missouri in present-day North Dakota?

And congratulations to last month's winner, A.G. Flynn, from Vancouver, WA, who knew that Castillo de San Marcos National Monument boasts 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! Way to go, A.G.!

Shenandoah National Park mountain range with colorful fall leaves of red, orange, and yellow

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