On December 18th, 1967 the United States Congress established the National Park Foundation with the simple, yet important mission to ensure the enduring legacy of private support for America’s treasured places would continue, and thrive, forever.  Join us as we celebrate 45 years of providing critical private support to directly aid, support and enrich America’s nearly 400 national parks and their programs. 

In honor of this special anniversary, we have launched “45 Days of Giving” aimed at raising $450,000 in vital support of America’s national parks. These funds will go directly to the national parks to protect fragile ecosystems and historic sites, provide invaluable learning experiences for our youth and teachers, and to preserve the diverse heritage of this great nation. 

This holiday season help make a lasting difference for America's national parks. Help us reach our goal with a gift today!

The National Tree,
Celebrating 90 Years
Holiday Gift Guide Ticket to Ride

The National Tree, Celebrating 90 Years

On December 6, the National Park Foundation and National Park Service will present the 90th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting. Hosted by acclaimed actor Neil Patrick Harris, the ceremony will take place on the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington, D.C. and feature performances by the double-platinum band The Fray, multiple Grammy® winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz, and Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter/producer Ledisi, singer James Taylor, ten-time Grammy winner singer/songwriter/producer Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, two-time Grammy® winner Colbie Caillat and American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips performing a collection of holiday favorites along with a special guest appearance by actor Rico Rodriguez.

The ceremony can be viewed online LIVE at www.thenationaltree.org beginning at 4:30pm ET with the exclusive National Christmas Tree Lighting pre-show. The event also can be seen on public television throughout the month of December. Broadcast times can be found by checking  local listings or visiting www.thenationaltree.org

Please join us in thanking those who made this year’s show possible including the premier sponsor of the 2012 National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, UL, a global safety organization. Other event supporters include GE Lighting, Nicolas Holiday Inc., Amtrak, Guest Services Inc., Hargrove Inc., Hudler Carolina Tree Farms, The Madison, United Airlines and the Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C.

NPF's 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for a unique way to give back to the national parks this holiday season, check out some of our great gift ideas below!

NPF Gear for Park Lovers
Do you love parks? The National Park Foundation is proud to offer our supporters a great way to show their love for the national parks, while supporting them at the time. View NPF’s full product lineeverything from tees, to hats, to totesby clicking here.

National Park Games
USAOPOLY has created several national park themed games which are sure to be fun for people of all ages. Games include National Parks Monopoly, National Park Campfire Games – Checkers & TicTacToe, National Parks Yahtzee and Memory Challenge – National Parks. To find out where to purchase a game, go to www.usaopoly.com.

Official Guide to America’s National Parks 14th Edition
If you know someone who’s planning a trip to a national park or someone who’s just a national park lover, the brand new 14th edition of Official Guide to America’s National Parks here! It is a great stocking stuffer and the perfect guide for helping with trip planning and getting information on the hundreds of sites within the National Park System including parks, battlefields, monuments, trails, rivers, etc. To learn more or to purchase a book, click here.

Shift Cycle Wear
Are you or someone you know an avid cyclist? If so, check out the national park cycling jerseys from Shift Cycle Wear. The jerseys come in both men’s and women’s sizes. This would be a great gift for yourself and your cycling friends. To order go to www.shiftcyclewear.com and click on Men’s Cycle Wear or Women’s Cycle Wear.

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer
Give the gift of the parks for a lifetime. Passport® To Your National Parks will inspire your friends and family to visit all 398 national parks in their lifetimes and experience all that they have to offer from recreation to adventure to education and much, much more!  A portion of the proceeds from each National Park Foundation passport book purchased will be donated to the National Park Foundation. Click here to order online.

National Parks Calendar
The perfect gift for the national park enthusiast: the 2013 National Parks Calendar.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each calendar will go to the National Park Foundation.  Order yours today!

For lots more great gift ideas, click here.

Ticket to Ride

This past summer, over 7,000 students visited a national park, many for the first time. Through the National Park Foundation’s Ticket to Ride program 16 national parks worked with 127 partner organizations and 90 Title One schools to get kids in to parks! How awesome is that?

North Cascades National Park brought over 200 youth via bus, ferry, van or truck travel to participate in education, stewardship, and employment programs and encourage life-long advocacy for and stewardship of natural and public lands, in a national park. Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park brought over 250 students to bring the achievements of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar alive through music and dance to underserved students. The grant also brought visibility to the sometimes overlooked park and according to the park, “has made a difference in the educational community.” Nearly 3,000 students from Mesa County, Colorado had the opportunity to be a part of environmental educational programs at Colorado National Monument. One student who participated in a fishing program at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area found out that even catching little fish is big fun.

Ticket to Ride provides these new experiences for youth to get out of the classroom and into the world of national parks. To find out how you can support programs like these, click here.



Holiday in the Parks

From concerts to candlelight tours, sleigh rides and holiday celebrations, America’s national parks know how to ring in the holiday season. The National Park Foundation is excited to be your guide to holiday fun in the parks coast to coast. Check out our extensive list of ideas and get planning your seasonal park adventure today!

Send Some Holiday Cheer!

What better time to show your love for America’s national parks then during the holiday season? Brighten someone’s day with one of our 4 fun, vintage inspired park designs.

Send one to family and friends today!

Get Out and "Drive for a Cause"!

Test drive a Toyota and you could be supporting our national parks – Toyota has recently selected the National Park Foundation as one of three worthy charities for its “Drive for A Cause” campaign. Simply visit a Toyota Drive Center event, test drive a car, select the National Park Foundation as your charity of choice and Toyota will make a contribution on your behalf!  Toyota Drive Center events provide a firsthand opportunity for consumers to learn about Toyota’s quality, safety and reliability. These informative and engaging events are held throughout the US at retail locations, auto shows, festivals, sporting events and more. 

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. continues to be a vehicle for change, promoting environmental programs that educate and mobilize people to reduce their environmental footprint.  Selling nearly 75% of all hybrids in America and more than 2 million worldwide, Toyota’s dedication to the environment goes beyond their products. This latest partnership builds on Toyota’s commitment to our national parks; in 2008 Toyota granted $5 million and 23 Toyota vehicles to NPF to enhance environmental leadership and educational programming in five national parks.  The National Park Foundation is proud to recognize Toyota for their support of our national parks, America’s greatest treasures. 

Click here for upcoming Toyota Drive Center events near you.

Preserving Timucuan Trail Parks

While “snow” birds fly south to Florida’s warmer climes, the resident Ospreys, Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons forage and soar along the green and blue ways that encircle Jacksonville, FL. Comprised of 24 city, state and national parks, the Timucuan Trail loops around the city of over 800,000, creating the largest conservation of land within any city in the country!  The Trail includes one of the last unspoiled American wetlands, battlefields, remnants of the indigenous Timucua Indians, the French and Spanish arrival and provides incredible recreational opportunities within 30 minutes of every resident. Championing the Trail is the Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation, which actively raises funds to promote the Trail and inspire and connect residents, visitors and elected officials to use and protect this incredible park system for today and future generations.

Seeking some sun and outdoor fun in Florida this winter? Use the Foundation’s interactive map to find great parks and be sure to sign-up for the Foundation’s quarterly e-newsletter for information on terrific volunteer opportunities and upcoming events. 

Parks in Need After Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy caused devastation up and down the eastern seaboard last month causing immense destruction in her wake.  Unfortunately, our national parks were not spared.  Nearly seventy of our national parks were damaged by Superstorm Sandy’s heavy winds, tidal surge, rain and snow.  Sadly some of our most iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island took the brunt of the storm suffering dramatic damage to facilities, buildings and electrical infrastructure. However, the recovery has begun and help is on the way. In just days following the storm, the National Park Foundation accepted a generous gift from Musco Lighting to relight the Statue of Liberty which now, once again, shines brightly in New York Harbor, and the National Park Service is helping communities big and small recover from the storm.  If you would like to show your support, click here.

Calling All Shutterbugs!

There’s still time to enter your photos in the Share the Experience Photo Contest. Share your favorite photos from your recent national park trips for the chance to win great prizes including cash prizes, hotel stays (courtesy of Historic Hotels of America) and more! One lucky winner will have his/her photo featured on the 2014 Federal Recreational Lands Pass. The contest runs through December 31st.

Don't miss out, enter your photos today!



As a gift from NPF, send a fun national park holiday greeting to your friends and family!

National Park Foundation
National Park Service
Flight 93 National Memorial
This Is Your Land

Ten years ago this December, what civil war sites became a new national park in the Shenandoah Valley, celebrating a Union army victory that helped President Lincoln win reelection in 1864?

Submit Your Answer Here

And congratulations to last month's winner, Alexa Gilles, from Wellington, FL, who knew that Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial is our smallest national park.

Way to go Alexa!

facebook Facebook
twitter Twitter


Show your support this holiday season by sporting NPF gear!

You are the part-owner of 84 million acres of the world's most treasured landscapes, ecosystems, and historical sites -
all protected in America's nearly 400 national parks. Founded by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of
America's national parks. We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to help connect you and all Americans
to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow. Join us - This Is Your Land.

We sent you this email because you requested our monthly newsletter about national parks. If you'd rather not receive GoParks
from the National Park Foundation, you can delete your name from our subscription list by Clicking Here.
In addition to our monthly newsletters, the National Park Foundation may periodically send out special editions
of GoParks to alert our readers of news and events. Please see our revised Terms of Agreement Here.

Privacy Policy | Subscribe | Support | About Us | Contact Us

Copyright 2012 The National Park Foundation • 1201 Eye Street NW 550B, Washington, DC 20005