2013 is the perfect year to start (or continue) checking items off your national park bucket list. Why not make this year, your year of park adventures?  Why not make this the year you…

Celebrate our nation's rich history by observing the 50th anniversary of the March of Washington

Explore a hidden gem in the national park system like Wind Cave National Park

Take a national park road trip — download NPF's Owners Guide  and start planning

Give back to the parks you love by volunteering at a park near you

Introduce a child in your life to the majesty of America's national parks

Be a shutter bug and submit your favorite national park pics to our annual Share the Experience photo contest

Be a part of a national park tradition like the National Christmas Tree Lighting, the White House Easter Egg Roll or National Park Week

Share your story with the parks community

Protect and preserve these treasured places for the next generation with a gift to the National Park Foundation

Remembering Martin Luther
King, Jr.
Thank You! A Look Back at 2012

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every January, the nation collectively recognizes the life and substantial contributions of iconic Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Through his passionate efforts, Dr. King's inspiring words and actions were a catalyst of transformation for a country torn apart by segregation and intolerance.  With a message of love, justice and freedom, Dr. King set the nation on a course for equality.

His work and lasting impact are directly memorialized at two national parks, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia; however, his legacy is celebrated at many other national parks across the country honoring the Civil Rights movement including Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, and the Lincoln Memorial.

Thank You!

We are very excited to share that because of your support during our 45 Days of Giving campaign we reached our $450,000 year-end goal! You made the Foundation's 45th Anniversary one to remember.

As we enter a new year we are so grateful for generous friends like you who believe as we do — that our national parks are places that must be preserved and protected for every generation.

Our national parks will face many serious challenges in the year ahead. But your continued support will help us ensure our nation's treasured places can remain safe and vibrant.

We look forward to the year ahead with you, the dedicated parks community, as we celebrate and support America's best idea — the national parks.

A Look Back at 2012

2012 was an unforgettable year for the National Park Foundation. We brought thousands of students to national parks, engaged first-time visitors in education and recreation programs, enabled families to come together as they participated in fun, healthy activities, and we empowered parks to partner with more community organizations than ever before. We are so excited about the work we accomplished last year and look forward to connecting even more American's to their national parks in 2013. After all, this is your land. 

America's Best Idea engaged more than 7,400 participants – many first time national park visitors – in learning about natural, cultural, and historical resources, exercising, developing career interests, and sharing the story of national parks with their peers. Active Trails brought more than 3,000 park visitors out to events to help build or improve 80 miles of land and water trails as well as to discover and explore new parts of the park via foot, bicycle, and kayak. Ticket to Ride funded transportation for 30,000 students to visit their local national park. Rangers interacted with the classes before and after their field trips to instill awe and wonder in learning about the park and the rich resources within its boundaries.

This is just the beginning of what we were able to achieve in partnership with the National Park Service. To learn more or find out how you can help, visit us at nationalparks.org.



Congratulations to Pinnacles National Park!

In January 1908, 105 years ago, President Teddy Roosevelt established Pinnacles National Monument because “the Pinnacles Rocks, with a series of caves underlying them…are of scientific interest.” This January, President Obama and the U.S. Congress have joined together to designate this special place as America’s 59th national park. Today Pinnacles National Park continues to preserve the rocks and caves, but celebrates so much more. The park is now dedicated to preserving for the benefit of future generations the grasslands, blue oak woodlands, and majestic valley oak savanna – “the best remaining refuge for floral and fauna species representative of the central California coast and Pacific coast range” – and to interpreting the recovery program for the California Condor, a species almost made extinct and brought back through safe habitats like the park.

Congratulations to Pinnacles!

Plan the Perfect Valentine's Day

Plan the perfect Valentine's Day by treating yourself and your special someone to a memorable experience in the national parks. The parks provide stunning vistas, scenery and activities for an unforgettable Valentine's Day. Here are just a few of the many special activities to enjoy in the national parks:

Luxuriate in our nation's history while enjoying the royal spa treatment in the therapeutic waters of the Hot Springs at Hot Springs National Park.

Dine overlooking the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco's historic Cliff House in Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Revel in the grandeur of the night sky at the summit of Haleakala, considered one of the world's best locations for star gazing.

Dine on a riverboat before taking in the sites of St. Louis on a tram ride to the top of the Gateway Arch.

Visit Grand Tetons National Park and cozy up with your loved one on a wintery sleigh ride. 

Looking for a few more ways to spoil your Valentine? No problem! Visit the NPF Marketplace for a gift that gives back. Your park-loving valentine will enjoy your thoughtful sentiment even more knowing that it also directly protects America's national parks.

Matching and Workplace Gifts

Did you know that February is Matching Gift Month? Matching gifts and workplace giving campaigns are an easy way you can contribute to the National Park Foundation and maximize the impact of your charitable giving–sometimes doubling or tripling the impact of every single dollar donated!  To find out if your employer has a workplace giving campaign or matches charitable donations, you can contact your personnel office or search our database of employer matching programs by clicking here.

Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial — Honoring Heroes

The Flight 93 National Memorial remembers 40 ordinary people who took extraordinary action on September 11, 2001; saving the lives of thousands by sacrificing their own. Joining the National Park Foundation in honoring their spirit and ensuring that their bravery is remembered are the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial. Comprised of community leaders and local residents, first responders, relatives of the passengers and crew, volunteers and others, the Friends have become vital partners to the park. In just two years the Friends have achieved so much, including: continuing support for an Oral History Project of nearly 800 recorded interviews; hosting educational seminars and a one-day symposium on the impact of September 11 on young audiences; the training of volunteer memorial plaza greeters; tree planting throughout the park; producing an orientation video; and scheduling over 500 bus tours annually. 

Learn more about the Friends as they grow their membership in preparation of the opening of a new visitor and education center in 2014. 

New Year, New Gear

Kick off the New Year in style with NPF gear! The National Park Foundation is excited to offer our supporters a great way to show their love for the national parks — while supporting them at the same time.

Shop NPF's full product line — everything from tees, to hats, to totes — by clicking here.


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In what building, now part of a national park, was Martin Luther King Jr. baptized and ordained into the Baptist ministry?

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And congratulations to last month's winner, Eric Ellenberg, from Rockmart, GA, who knew that ten years ago this past December, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove became a new national park in the Shenandoah Valley.

Way to go Eric!

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