Our nation's most fascinating tales are preserved within national parks. They commemorate, preserve, and share

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Powerful Sites Preserving African American Heritage

black and white historical photo of African American buffalo soldiers in Yosemite National Park

Our nation's most fascinating tales are preserved within national parks. They commemorate, preserve, and share accounts from our most pivotal chapters year-round with all who visit, including the history of the impact of Africans and African Americans in the evolution of this country. From the enslaved Africans in New York City to the first park rangers at Yosemite National Park, African Americans have played a crucial role in American development. Learn more about this history, and #FindYourPark at some of these parks to celebrate Black History Month.

Embrace the Season and Hit the Trail

Fourth graders play in the snow while on an EKiP program trip

Do the cold temps make you want to stay under the blankets and wait for the first signs of spring? Don’t miss out on experiencing nature in its most peaceful state! Whether it’s skiing through a snow-covered wonderland or hiking through a calm, bare forest, exploring national parks in the winter offers endless opportunities for fun. Head over to the blog to see why the old saying says, ‘there's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing!’ Layer up, get out, and #FindYourPark!

Victories Beyond the Battlefield

a historical reenactor dresssed as a colonial soldier introduces Morristown National Historical Park

If you think this season’s cold snaps were brutal, imagine being a soldier in Washington’s army during the winter of 1779-80 and facing the coldest winter in American history. In spite of the mounting snow, frozen seaports, and limited access to crucial supplies, the Continental Army persevered. This remarkable story is one of resilience and of an unyielding commitment to the American Experiment – it is a story that is commemorated year-round at Morristown National Historical Park. Click here to watch a charming and enlightening video about this lesser-known New Jersey national park.

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Support Your Parks

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A Whale of a Good Time

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When it comes to whaling on the West coast, there’s no time like the winter! National parks up and down the coast of California offer opportunities see these incredible, massive mammals as they migrate. This month’s travel feature shares the wonders of the annual migration of gray whales and suggests a handful of parks to visit if you’re ready to see them in person. After all, it’s not every day that you see a 40-ton creature spouting out in the ocean!

Find Your Park Along the Crooked River

a group of students huddle around a book while exploring Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park was created to “engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.” Their partnership is recognized as a prime example of public-private collaboration within the National Park System. Click here to learn more about how the conservancy’s support creates a culture of cooperation and citizen support for this northeastern Ohioan national park.

Petta & Ron Khouw – A Love Affair with the Parks

Petta and Ron Khouw pose in front of a waterfall in Yellowstone National Park

Petta grew up in Ohio. Ron spent his childhood in Indonesia. But it was Ron who introduced Petta to our national parks.

 

Together, they’ve shared many memorable moments in the parks, including one unforgettable trip with a niece to visit several national parks in the American West. The impact of the trip ultimately led them to leave a gift to the parks by making the National Park Foundation a beneficiary of their IRA. They hope their gift will inspire others to consider this easy way to support the parks, ensuring that these treasured places will be there for future generations to love and enjoy.

 

Read more about their story on our website and learn how anyone can leave a legacy gift to the National Park Foundation.

A Romantic Rendezvous in Parks

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

Still seeing pink, roses, and chocolates everywhere you look? That’s because the impending arrival of spring signals the season of love! Nothing could be more romantic and worthwhile than an evening, a day, or a weekend spent leisurely taking in the sights and sounds of our national parks with a special someone. Download our free-Owner’s Guide, “I Heart Parks,” for details on 15 national park itineraries that set the mood for a perfect date, or use the guide as inspiration, then choose your own way to #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque.

Warm Up in Style

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Warm up 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

Doctor Leona Woods Marshall Libby

What national park unit preserves and tells the story of the historic role of free and enslaved Africans in the physical and spiritual building of New York City?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Kaye Schwenk, from Schuylkill Haven, PA, who knew that Manhattan Project National Historical Park tells the story of the only female member of the Chicago Pile, Doctor Leona Woods Marshall Libby.

Way to go, Kaye!

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