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You’re invited! On August 25, the National Park Service will be celebrating its 96th birthday. This is a day for all Americans to show their love for these majestic places and admiration for the individuals who preserve and protect them every day. Congress established the National Park Service in 1916 with thirty-five national parks administered under the Department of the Interior. Today, nearly 400 units make up the National Park System and many of them will be hosting fun Founder’s Day celebrations. Parks such as Fort Sumter and Craters of the Moon will be hosting birthday parties filled with refreshments, guided tours, and fun activities including a sidewalk chalk art contest.

To celebrate the national parks, we encourage you to take the time to share your birthday wishes through videos, photos and stories and learn how you can help protect and preserve America’s most treasured places with the ultimate birthday gift today!
Photo by Eric Staudenmaier
Flight 93 Remembered Teen Ambassadors Experience Their National Parks Help Us Reach Our Goal

Flight 93 Remembered

Photo by Eric StaudenmaierThe courage and sacrifice of the forty men and women of Flight 93 will be remembered on Tuesday, September 11, at the Flight 93 National Memorial.  Some 10,000 people are expected to visit the memorial during a multi-day program of commemorative activities.

On September 11, a memorial service will feature both new and traditional elements from past commemorative events. A moment of silence will be observed at 10:03 a.m., followed by the reading of names of the passengers and crew as Bells of Remembrance toll in the background. Brief remarks and various musical selections will follow, culminating in the solemn placement of a wreath at the Wall of Names.

Starting September 8, a new educational program, “Learning Center without Walls” will debut with a series of panel discussions featuring speakers who bring a unique perspective to Flight 93 and the experience of September 11. National Park Service Ranger-led talks and public-inspired tributes will also take place each day. And during four consecutive nights, the memorial will be illuminated starting at dusk and the park will remain open later to visitors. 

A full program description is enclosed can be viewed at, and all on-site events are free and open to the public.

Teen Ambassadors Experience Their National Parks

“I think that national parks are important because they preserve places in nature so that generations to come can still be in touch with their ancestors and the world’s history. They tell stories that otherwise would be bulldozed over or forgotten.”  - Voyageurs Teen Ambassador

This summer 20 teenagers from Voyageurs National Park’s gateway communities and the Twin Cities embarked on an outdoor adventure and learning experience in Voyageurs National Park and on the Mississippi River with National Park Service rangers and guides from Wilderness Inquiry. The teens camped and canoed; completed outdoor stewardship projects such as removing invasive species, repairing fences and building cages for wounded animals; learned about the history and ecology of these sites; built leadership skills; and formed teams to advise the National Park Service on better  ways to connect with their age group. In the fall, the “Teen Ambassadors” will visit sixth grade classrooms to talk about their summer experiences and the importance of these public lands. And, the teens will serve in an advisory role, helping the park create methods to more effectively reach youth.

Engaging and inspiring the next generation of park enthusiasts and stewards in relevant and meaningful ways is one of the reasons the National Park Foundation’s program, America’s Best Idea, is so valuable.

To find out how you can support programs like this, click here.

Help Us Reach Our Goal

August is a very busy month for our parks and no matter how careful we are, the increased visitation means additional work to restore, preserve and protect them. That’s why before the end of summer, our goal is to raise $250,000 for the parks. We have already raised over $100,000, thanks to a generous challenge grant, but we need your help to complete this campaign for the national parks!
Show your support with a gift today.


'LIKE' Us On Founders Day!

This year, for all of those who can’t make it to a park to celebrate the National Park Service’s 96th, the Travel Channel will be bringing the national park birthday celebration right into America’s living rooms. Beginning at 3 pm ET on Saturday, August 25, park lovers can enjoy programming featuring some of America’s most iconic national parks. Tune in and get inspired to plan your next national park adventure!
In honor of the 96th birthday, Travel Channel has also created a Facebook ‘LIKE’ donation campaign encouraging viewers to ‘LIKE’ the National Park Foundation page on Facebook. For every new NPF Facebook fan, they will donate $1 to support the parks. If you aren’t already a fan of the Foundation on Facebook, August 25 is the PERFECT day to join our Facebook community.

Fan Fridays Are Almost Over!

But not to worry, there’s still plenty of time to enter!  Our trivia contest continues through August 31, and every fan that answers correctly will be entered to win the weekly prize pack, which includes lots of great NPF gear and an "America the Beautiful" national park pass.

And to top it off, NPF will select one lucky a grand prize winner to receive a once-in-a-lifetime houseboat adventure in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, provided by Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas!

Don’t miss out, join the fun at today!

Expedition Katmai: The Trip Of A Lifetime

Every year, NPF offers members of the Stewardship Circle unforgettable trips to our national parks. This year, "Expedition Katmai" was so popular that NPF was able to offer two different trips for our Stewardship Circle members. Created in 1918 to preserve the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, Katmai National Park and Preserve is best known for is amazing population of brown bears that feed on Alaskan salmon.  Stewardship Circle members had the opportunity to see these amazing animals in their natural habitat during the height of the salmon run. Days were filled with fishing, bear watching, and scenic hikes through the park.  As part of the expedition, our Stewardship Circle members met with local park officials to learn more about the issues facing Katmai and other national parks and how philanthropy plays an important role in caring for the parks. Every detail of the trip was organized by the NPF team, giving our members a chance to relax and enjoy every moment of their national park experience.

NPF Board and Stewardship Circle member, Ellen Malcolm had this to say about the trip, “From the moment we stepped off the float plane at the lodge, there was a bear within 100 feet of us….and that was just the beginning of the adventure!”

Planning for 2013 trips is underway and our winter "Expedition Yellowstone" is already sold out. Information about our summer expedition, rafting through the Grand Canyon, will be distributed to Stewardship Circle members next month. For more information about how you can join the Stewardship Circle and participate in a future expedition, please click here.

Flight 93 Family Members Honored At Pocono Raceway

Flight 93 family members were honored to serve as grand marshals of the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 5. Keith Newlin, deputy superintendent of the Flight 93 National Memorial, dropped the green flag signaling the start of the Sprint Cup race. 

Pocono Raceway is donating funds to purchase approximately 5,000 seedlings to be planted at the Flight 93 National Memorial next spring. Pocono Raceway participates in NASCAR’s Green Flag Tree Planting Program as part of a broad commitment for the track to go green.

The seedlings planted at the memorial are part of a 150,000-tree multi-year planting initiative to transform the reclaimed coal mine into a healing landscape. Help establish this living memorial by making a $40 donation to sponsor a tree today.

Special Discount At Shenandoah For NPF Fans!

Escape to beautiful Shenandoah National Park this fall!  Our friends at Skyland Resort and Big Meadows Lodge in Shenandoah National Park are offering a special discount to NPF fans now through November 24, 2012. You can receive a discounted rate of $99 + tax for standard rooms on Sunday through Thursday. Some blackout dates apply.

For more details and to take advantage of this special offer, just click here.

Support The Friends Of Minute Man National Park

The “shot heard around the world” is still ringing along the five miles of Battle Road that runs through Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, Lincoln and Lexington Massachusetts. Surrounded by suburbs, this park has been restored to a colonial landscape where park visitors will find The Friends of Minute Man National Park among the many school groups, cyclists and revolutionary war reenactors. As partners to the park, the Friends provide support for fieldtrips, opportunities for park recreation and events where the history of the park comes alive.  Recent events have included a candle lit feast in one of the restored colonial properties, a lecture series featuring history and environmental topics, and even a garden party celebrating an historic iris garden. The Friends are gearing up for a busy autumn when the park is ablaze with changing foliage and full of children and visitors exploring our shared history.

Learn more about the Friends by visiting their website; help them out by getting to 1775 fans on Facebook!

Have A Park Story To Tell? Join Our Online Community Today!

Through our social media sites, Facebook and Twitter, as well as our newly updated website, the National Park Foundation’s online communities make it easy for you to get involved and stay up to date on park news! In fact, we want you to directly contribute to the park conversation. Share your park insights and experiences with a story, photo or video. To read other park lovers’ stories, or share one of your own, click here


Want an unforgettable family adventure? Download your FREE copy of Parks for Play: 35 National Park Adventures for Kids of All Ages today!

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FDR established which national monument during the Great Depression on Founders Day in 1937, protecting a Native American quarry first used in the 1600s?

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And congratulations to last month's winner, Curtis Eastberg, from Austin, TX who knew that Harry Yount, initially hired as a Yellowstone "gamekeeper," is now known as the first-ever National Park Ranger.

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