2018 was a great year of protecting our National Parks, let's look ahead to how we can spend more time in the parks in 2019.

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How You Can Help During the Government Shutdown

Rocky beach during sunset at Point Reyes National Seashore

The partial government shutdown adversely affects national parks. From overflowing garbage cans to damaged natural resources caused by human activity, parks now have new and unexpected challenges. Once the government reopens and National Park Service staff assess the full extent of damages, both financial resources and volunteers will be needed to help restore these treasured places. But, you can do something today to help your national parks recover. Head over to the blog to learn more about what the National Park Foundation is doing to prepare for when the government reopens.

Celebrating a Momentous Year of Support for Parks

Image of children on a boat on the Mississippi National Recreational River

In 2018, the National Park Foundation celebrated 50 years of protecting parks and connecting visitors with these incredible places. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, NPF invested in important projects and programs across the National Park System. As 2019 begins, we celebrate the previous year’s big moments, like protecting species at Yellowstone National Park and Grand Portage National Monument, helping students set sail down Mississippi National River on a floating classroom, and making key investments in the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. Visit our blog for a look back at what we accomplished in 2018.

Make It Happen in 2019

Hikers on a peak at St Elias National Park and Preserve

It’s 2019 and once the government reopens there will be countless ways to accomplish your park resolutions this year. We’ve rounded up 19 ideas in order to get you started on making the most of the coming year. Think: trying a new activity, volunteering for the first time, or appreciating the changing seasons in a deeper way. All you have to do is pull out your planner and decide which of these new parks and activities you’ll prioritize this year.

Keeping Alive Our History

The birth home of Martin Luther King Jr.

From a very young age, our experiences begin to shape our lives. That’s why the National Park Foundation was proud to transfer the home that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. grew up in to the care of the National Park Service. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home is where he spent the first 12 years of his life. By placing the home under the care of NPS, we can ensure that this historic place and the stories of the man and movement it represents, will be preserved for generations to come.

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A New Park to Experience

Historic image of a building at Camp Nelson

In October of last year, the National Park System welcomed its 418th park into the fold. Camp Nelson National Monument in Kentucky became a key emancipation site and refugee camp during the Civil War. African American soldiers risked their lives to travel to the camp in pursuit of present and future freedom. Today the park continues to tell this story of courage and determination, while challenging visitors to consider the meaning of freedom during this time period and beyond.

The Story Behind Denali's Puppy Cam

Sled dogs running in snow at Denali National Park

Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska is the only place in the National Park System where you can find a working sled dog kennel. The dogs here are bred to love their jobs, mushing throughout the park and beyond to help transport goods, assist with scientific research in remote areas, and more. Learn more about these dogs and their important role in the park here.

Exploring an Ohio Park

Steam engine running through trees at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

When the government is back open be sure to have Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio on your #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque list. Hiking trails, bike paths, waterfalls, and bird sightings — this national park has it all. One favorite way to experience large swaths of the park in just one day? The park’s scenic train route, which allows visitors to enjoy the scenery from the comfort of their seats, or to get off to explore portions of the park they are most interested in seeing up close!

Winter Fun in National Parks!

Snow covered mountains and dunes at sunset in Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

This winter consider a new tradition with family and friends in a national park! There is “snow” much fun to be had in these powdery playgrounds, you’re sure to fall in “glove.” Learn more about some of our and L.L.Bean’s favorite ways to play in the snow on our blog!

Giving the Ultimate Gift

Tony Powell and Stefanie Owczarski hiking with backpacks

For Tony Powell and Stefanie Owczarski, the national parks play a vital role in their lives. Each park they visit leaves them with a sense of awe and grandeur. Beyond the basic services funded by the government, are the special park programs that provide a “margin of excellence”. This is why Tony and Stefanie decided to include a bequest gift for the Foundation in their will. In Tony’s words, “Once you know what you want to support, a bequest is the way to go. It’s the ultimate gift.”

Read more about Tony and Stefanie’s story on our website and learn how anyone can create a future gift to the National Park Foundation.

Researching Natural Connecticut with a Click of Your Mouse

Forest lined river bend along Eightmile River

There are countless ways to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. But while entry to many national parks and wild & scenic rivers is free, much of the public remains unaware of the plethora of recreational activities and experiences at their fingertips. Even interested visitors often find tourist information about lesser-known parks, trails, and rivers in rural communities to be difficult to find and minimal in scope. Aware of the dearth of information about their surrounding communities, the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Watershed set out to improve access to their pristine lands. Read more about their efforts on our blog.

Out With the Old, In With the New

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Kick off 2019 with fresh duds that show off your love of the parks. Whether you’re layering up to #FindYourPark or running errands around town, the Official Find Your Park Store has it all. 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

Areal view of sand dunes at Kobuk Valley National Park

What national park holds the record for highest air temperature on earth, is the most arid location in the country, yet still boasts over 1000 different plant species?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Steve Horn, from Copper Canyon, TX, who knew that at Kobuk Valley National Park visitors can see a quarter million caribou migrate across 25 square miles of sand dunes in the spring and fall.

Way to go, Steve!

Snow dusted arch at Canyonlands National Park

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