Everyone can find a unique way to celebrate our incredible national parks this April during National Park Week!

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National Park Week 2018

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Everyone can find a unique way to celebrate our incredible national parks this April during National Park Week! Kicking off April 21, the parks will be aglow with special programs and events across the country. From a fee-free day to National Park Rx Day and everything in between, there’s no shortage of ways to join in on the festivities. This year’s theme is “Park Stars” — so be sure to find an event near you and check out these suggestions for how to achieve “Park-loving Superstar” status.

For the Betterment of Our National Parks

NPF infographic for 1 million volunteer hours, 604,000 people engaged in activities, and $47 million donated to protect land. Photo of bison in Grand Teton NP, photo by David Blackley

The National Park Foundation works hard to leverage donations to create the most significant impact possible for our national parks. Thanks to record-breaking support last year, we were able to accomplish more than we thought possible! Your support enabled us to continue our work of protecting America’s special places, and connecting and engaging people with all that the parks have to offer. Over $41 million was granted to parks, partners, and public lands to advance this essential work.

 

Check out these infographics to see what the park community made possible.

Cutest Wild Animal Babies in National Parks

adult and baby goat walking together in Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site

Wildlife sightings (from a safe distance) can take an incredible #FindYourPark trip to the next level. Perhaps the only thing more exciting than seeing a black bear is seeing a black bear cub! To learn more about a few of the adorable animals whose habitats are preserved in our national parks – and to let out a squeal of delight – watch this new clip on the blog.

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Support Your Parks

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Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

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Be the envy of all your friends this National Park Week by being one of the first to sport brand new limited-release NPS apparel! The Official Find Your Park Store carries fun national park-inspired gear and accessories that celebrate the National Park Service and encourage everyone to get out there and #FindYourPark. To top it off – one hundred percent of the proceeds from your purchase go to the National Park Foundation to help preserve and protect these remarkable places.

Unexpected Places to #FindYourPark After Dark

starry sky and treetops in Denali National Park and Preserve

Sunsets and sunrises in our national parks are genuinely incredible sights, but sometimes what happens in between is even better! Consider a stargazing trip the next time you #FindYourPark. Many of our national parks offer events and programs to enjoy their clear night skies. In fact, many of the parks that are better known for their historical significance or other attractions, also provide surprising and unforgettable night sky viewing opportunities. Check out our blog for a few ideas on unexpected national parks to enjoy after dark!

The Fight for a Self-Evident Truth

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Tucked away in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York, Women’s Rights National Historical Park commemorates the first wave of women’s rights in the United States and the creation of the Declaration of Sentiments. Head over to the blog and be inspired to visit the sites where history was changed and learn more about the incredible women behind the movement.

The Next Generation of Park Professionals

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When the Student Conservation Association was founded in 1957 as “Save America’s National Parks,” it followed in the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps that had preserved our natural resources and provided work opportunities to the nation over thirty years before. Since 2011, the National Park Service Academy has continued that legacy and focused specifically on cultivating a cohort of young professionals who are enthusiastic about America’s best idea. Read more on our blog.

Preserving Our Nation's Treasures

Monica and Buddy McSwain pose in front of the Grand Canyon

"We hope our gifts to the National Park Foundation will help maintain and restore the parks
so that our grandkids and their grandkids will be able to enjoy them."

 

The national parks have provided Monica and Buddy McSwain with many memories over the years. But recently they have become concerned about future funding for the parks, and they realized that private support is critical. That's why, in addition to annual gifts to the foundation, they decided to name the National Park Foundation as a beneficiary in their trusts. Read more about their story and learn how anyone can become a Stewardship Circle member and create a legacy gift to the National Park Foundation.

How to Use Your Deli Order to #FindYourPark

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Sometimes the first step is the hardest — including when it comes to planning your next #FindYourPark trip. If you’re wondering where to visit next, this fun new post will match you with a national park based on your favorite sandwich. From tuna salad to avocado toast, you’ll be ready to get outside and explore your national parks… after a quick pit stop for lunch!

This Month's Quiz

Sculpture of Susan B. Anthony meeting Elizabeth Cady Stanton at Womens Rights National Historical Park

At what national monument can visitors see the remnants of burial mounds of earth in the shapes of birds, bear, bison, turtles, and more?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Janice Robbins, from San Jose, CA, who knew that Women's Rights National Historical Park commemorates a convention where 100 women and men signed the Declaration of Sentiments, which called for equal rights for women, including the right to vote, in 1848. Way to go, Janice!

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