Our 2018 Gift Guide is here, helping you find gifts for your loved ones while supporting our parks. Want to support even more? Check out the 31 Days of Giving too.

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50 Years Down, 50 Years to Come

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Last December, the National Park Foundation invited our community to join in celebrating our 50th birthday. Partners, parks, and national park supporters across the country joined us in this opportunity to embrace why #WeAreParks. NPF continued its work, bringing thousands of children to parks, working with numerous friends groups, funding trail crews to maintain our beautiful parks, and more. 2018 was a year for the books, which makes us all the more excited to see what we can accomplish together in the next 50 years!

A Season for Giving

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Thank you to all our donors for supporting our national parks! During this holiday season, we are continuing to honor our national parks through the 31 Days of Giving Campaign – kicking off on December 1. This year, we have a goal to raise $1,000,000 by December 31, so if you'd like to help us get an early start, please make your tax-deductible year-end donation now. Your support helps protect America's national parks, including natural wonders, cultural landmarks, and places where history was made. Your gift will help to care for the parks you love and sustain important projects in 2019. Enjoy this holiday season and don't forget about the year ahead by make a generous donation today!

The 2018 Gift Guide

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The trickiest part of the holidays? Brainstorming gift ideas for so many different personalities! Luckily, NPF has created a 2018 gift guide, complete with ideas for every type of person, from the outdoorsperson to the homebody. Best of all, each gift supports our national parks so that when you give generously to those you love, you'll also be giving generously to the places you love.

Holiday Traditions at the National Christmas Tree Lighting

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This year rings in the 96th year of the National Christmas Tree Lighting. This annual event takes place on the Ellipse in President's Park (White House). Co-presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, lottery ticket recipients will enjoy live musical performances tonight, November 28. Not able to attend? Be sure to catch the broadcast on Ovation TV or Reelz Channel on December 2 at 10 p.m. EST. For updates and details, visit thenationaltree.org and follow @TheNationalTree on Twitter.

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Make your national park experience better than ever. These FREE downloadable national park Owner's Guides are filled with travel tips and information on what not to miss. It's your one-stop resource to discover all your national parks! Download today.

Support Your Parks

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This holiday show off your love for America’s
national parks with FYP gear!

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Make a difference for America's treasured places – today and for years to come.

The Power of Partner Support

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As we look back on the past 50 years, the National Park Foundation would like to thank our corporate partners for their generous support which makes our work possible. From trail restoration to field trip grants, their commitment helps preserve and enhance our national parks for many generations to come. Check out our blog to learn more about the projects and programs our corporate partners help bring to life, and which of your favorite companies share your commitment and passion for the parks.

Share the Love with Your National Parks

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For the 11th year, Subaru is helping support our national parks through the annual Share the Love Event. Now through January 2, when you lease or purchase any new Subaru vehicle and select the National Park Foundation as your charity of choice, Subaru will donate $250 to our organization. Take advantage of this deal, then plan a scenic drive through a national park while listening to our new national park playlist!

Carrying On a Way of Life at Grand Portage

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If you’ve never had occasion to travel to the tip of Minnesota’s arrowhead, reading about Grand Portage National Monument will undoubtedly entice you to visit. Nestled within the Grand Portage Indian Rervation, this park offers visitors a chance to learn about the Anishinaabe (the original people), the area’s 18th century fur trade industry, and its essential location in enabling transportation through the region. See why the park’s fascinating history, engaging programming, and views of Lake Superior will make you start planning your next #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque adventure here.

Helping Develop the Park Lovers of Tomorrow

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"I'm proud to support the National Park Foundation and all of its work to develop the park lovers of tomorrow." -- Dr. Sridhar Chilimuri, Stewardship Circle Member

 

Dr. Sridhar Chilimuri has traveled all over the world but is especially fond of America's national parks. Antarctica was the most beautiful place he had ever seen until visiting Yellowstone National Park in winter. It was magical to witness Old Faithful erupt in the bitter cold, the geyser's water froze in midair, sending down a shower of ice like diamonds.

 

As a physician in the South Bronx, Dr. Chilimuri sees young people in his community who desperately need opportunities to experience nature. That's why he supports NPF as a Stewardship Circle member: to help get young people outdoors and into the parks. Learn more about the Stewardship Circle and become a member today!

The Ansel Adams of the East

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Fall in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a sacred experience, complete with colorful foliage and rolling mountains. Perhaps no one loved this place more than George Masa — a Japanese immigrant who settled in North Carolina in the early 1900s. His preservation efforts and beautiful pictures of the surrounding landscape greatly helped preservation efforts for the area before it was designated as a national park. Masa is just one example of the many unique histories preserved in our parks!

Leave a Lasting Legacy

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Time is running out to participate in the National Park Foundation's 50th Anniversary Legacy Challenge! Throughout 2018, our board of directors will match 10% of the substantiated value of every new estate gift intention, up to $500,000. If you have been considering including the National Park Foundation in your will, trust, or other estate plan, this is an exciting opportunity to pledge future support while also helping the Foundation now. The end of the year is quickly approaching, make an impact today through the 50th Anniversary Legacy Challenge!

Calling All Shutterbugs

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Last call for photos! It's not too late to enter snapshots from your recent national park trips in the 2018 Share the Experience Photo Contest. The National Park Foundation encourages you to share your most inspiring, spectacular photos, now through December 31, for the chance to win amazing cash prizes, hotel stays and much more! One lucky winner will also have the chance to have their photo featured on the 2020 Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Don't miss out – submit your photos now at sharetheexperience.org!

Leading with Love on the North Country Trail

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The spectacular North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT) stretches 4,600 miles over seven states from the middle of North Dakota to the Vermont border of New York. Longer than the famed Appalachian, Pacific Crest, or Continental Divide trails, NCT travels through grassland, forests, cities, and farmland. It traverses more than 150 federal, state, and local public lands and across the rugged six million-acre Adirondack Park, the largest protected natural area in the contiguous United States. The North Country Trail Association (NCTA) provides volunteer support to address maintenance needs, interpretation, and other important services for the trail. Find out how NPF and NCTA are making an impact together through NPF's new Love Your Park network.

This Month's Quiz

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At what Alaskan national park can visitors see a quarter million caribou migrate across 25 square miles of sand dunes in the spring and fall?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Karen Hallberg, from Loveland, CO, who knew that Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site explores the lives of the Hidatsa, "People of the Willows," along the Upper Missouri in what is now North Dakota. Way to go Karen!

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