Watch LIVE on Friday, December 6 at!

Hosted by “Glee’s” Jane Lynch, the 2013 National Christmas Tree Lighting is this Friday, December 6 starting at 4.30 PM ET. You can watch the show live online at

There will be performances by The Avett Brothers, Joshua Bell, Mariah Carey, Renée Fleming, Forte, Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monáe, Prince Royce, Arturo Sandoval and Train. And per tradition, President Barack Obama has been invited to attend to light the National Christmas Tree, a living 31-foot Colorado blue spruce planted in President’s Park and cared for by the National Park Service.

If you can’t watch the show live online this Friday at 4.30 PM ET, you can watch on-demand or on PBS during December. Visit for more details.

Follow @TheNationalTree on Twitter for live updates from the show.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting is co-presented by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service with support from Premier Sponsor UL.  Other supporters include GE Lighting, Nicolas Holiday Inc., Amtrak, Guest Services, United, Hargrove, Hudler Carolina Tree Farms, Hilton Garden Inn - Washington D.C. Downtown, Loews Madison Hotel Washington D.C., Willard InterContinental Washington D.C., Uber and Mesh International.


Win a National Christmas Tree Lighting Poster Signed By Performers

UL, the Premier Sponsor of the National Christmas Tree Lighting, has launched the National Christmas Tree Lighting UL Yuletide Giveaway! Enter today to win one of five National Christmas Tree Lighting souvenir posters signed by all of the 2013 performers. Five winners will be announced in late December. Enter now!

Also, be sure to check out our latest Trail Talk blog post, “Keeping Your Home Safe and Sound this Holiday Season” for some helpful tips from UL.

Give the Gift of Parks The Most Wonderful Time
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"Share the Love" This Holiday

Give the Gift of Parks

Are you looking for a perfect gift for your friends and family? Give the gift of the national parks this holiday season! Make a donation online to the National Park Foundation on behalf of your loved ones and you will receive a special printable certificate that you can present as that one of a kind gift this season. You will have the satisfaction of knowing that your gift to NPF, the only national charity that directly supports the national parks, will make a difference in preserving these irreplaceable places—protecting fragile ecosystems and historic sites, providing invaluable learning experiences for our youth and teachers, and preserving the diverse heritage of this great nation. And if you make your gift before December 31, it will be matched!

This holiday season help make a lasting difference for America's over 400 national parks.

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

From snowshoeing, cross country skiing and winter bird watching to the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting, rides on the Polar Express and warm apple cider, our national parks certainly know how to celebrate winter and the holiday season! From coast to coast, our national parks offer so many ways that you can take advantage of this “most wonderful time of the year”.

Below are a handful of national park adventures to add to your bucket list this winter. Read our latest Travel Idea for even more ideas!

ALASKA – Seeking beauty, stillness, and perhaps a challenge? Try winter camping in Denali National Park and Preserve!

CALIFORNIA – Trek through the snow with ranger-guided nature programs on snowshoes in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. The park provides free snowshoes for the two-hour, one-mile walk!

GEORGIA – Remember and honor our military veterans during the holiday season at Andersonville National Historic Site with the national Wreaths Across America program.

UTAH – Join rangers in Bryce Canyon National Park for winter astronomy! Cold and dry air (sometimes as low as -30°F) make for fabulous stargazing in this national park!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Watch the 91st annual National Christmas Tree Lighting LIVE online at starting at 4:30pmET! This American holiday tradition, started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, is the first event in a four-week holiday celebration in President’s Park! Also, join in on the fun and follow @TheNationalTree on Twitter to get the inside scoop on the National Christmas Tree!

For more national park inspiration download one or several of National Park Foundation’s free special edition Owner’s Guides. For more information about events happening in America's national parks, visit the National Park Service's calendar.

"Share the Love" This Holiday

This holiday season the National Park Foundation has been selected as one of five national charities participating in the 6th annual Subaru “Share the Love” event. Get a great deal on any new Subaru now through January 2 and select NPF as your charity of choice. Subaru will donate $250 to NPF on your behalf! We are pleased to be a part of this annual campaign, especially at a time when Subaru is introducing its first hybrid vehicle, the XV Crosstrek Hybrid, allowing consumers to tread lightly on endless adventures.

Over the last five years, Subaru has donated $25 million to charity through the “Share the Love” event. This year, they hope to give another $10 million. With over 400 national parks NPF is proud to partner with Subaru to help enrich and support the national parks in your community. To find out more please visit


NPF's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Looking to give back to our national parks with the perfect gift this holiday season? Check out these unique gift ideas from our partners below.

NPF Gear for Park Lovers
The National Park Foundation is proud to offer the park enthusiast in your life a great way to show their love for our national parks, while supporting them at the same time! Visit NPF’s marketplace to view our full product line – everything from tees, to hats, to totes – by clicking here.

Cheers to our National Parks
NPF has partnered with Adler Fels Winery to bring you “wines with a cause.” Each wine features a stunning photograph by acclaimed photographer Mark Burns, capturing the beauty of Yosemite, Mesa Verde, and the Rocky Mountains. What’s even better than great wine? Two dollars of every bottle sold will go to the National Park Foundation supporting our efforts to preserve and protect our national treasures. Learn more at and “like” the National Parks Wine Collection on Facebook for a coupon to save on multi-bottle shipments.

FITS to Your Feet
Hurry and grab your own ultra light women’s casual crew FITS Socks, inspired by vintage posters of Grand Canyon, Olympic, Yellowstone, and the Great Smoky Mountains. These socks are not only functional, but stylish! Crafted in the USA to the highest standards and from the finest materials, they’re the perfect stocking stuffer for all the ladies on your list. Order yours here.

Shift Cycle Wear
Are you or someone you know an avid cyclist? Show your support on your next biking adventure with Shift Cycle Wear’s National Park Foundation cycling jersey. Jerseys come in both short-sleeve, long-sleeve and men’s and women’s sizes – a great addition to your own gear or a thoughtful gift for your cycling friends. Order yours today!

Built on the principle of philanthropy and a love of the national parks, Flow397 donates $3.97 for each item sold to charities supporting our national parks, including NPF. Now through January 1, 2014 shop their extensive collection of high-quality men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and receive 10% off each item with promo code “holidayflow10”!

National Park Games
USAOPOLY has created several national park themed games, travel friendly and 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. Click here to find out where to purchase these classic games with a twist.

For lots more great park inspired gift ideas, click here.

Transportation Scholars

Ever wanted to live in a national park for a year? Our Transportation Scholars program pairs recent graduate students with national parks seeking expert assistance on projects involving transportation planning, coordination with local communities, environmental traffic studies and other transportation-related tasks. Scholars live and work in the park for a year as they provide important assistance on projects that help get visitors around parks like designing the shuttle at New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, helping protect animals such as the Florida panther at Big Cypress National Preserve, or making the visitor experience better by improving bike paths along the National Mall or redesigning the historic Gardiner Gateway arch entrance at Yellowstone National Park.

Which national park would you want to live and work in for a year?

To find out how you can support more grants like this visit

Forty Years of Support

The Coca-Cola Company is one of the longest standing partners of the National Park Foundation and has supported America’s national parks for more than 40 years.

During that time, The Coca-Cola Company has helped promote and encourage the use of our national parks through various initiatives including providing funding for the opening of 12 Discovery Centers in national parks across the country, helping engage Americans in healthy active lifestyles while restoring hundreds of miles of trails at various parks through the Active Trails program and helping to implement a sustainable recycling program on the National Mall. In addition, Coca-Cola held the 4th annual America Is Your Park program this past summer, the initiative encourages people to get active outdoors for a chance at four grants and the title of “America’s Favorite Park.” Their continued commitment provides support for public education that encourages all Americans to discover and enjoy our most treasured places. 

The National Park Foundation is proud to work with a company that shares our values and passion in engaging people across the country with their national parks and expanding their use as places for healthy outdoor recreation contributing to physical, mental and social well-being. To learn more about supporting the work of the National Park Foundation, click here.

Ride Uber and Support NPF

Uber is proud to support the National Park Foundation. New Uber users can sign up with promo code NATIONALTREE for $20 off their first uberX, UberBLACK, or UberSUV ride in the US! A portion of all rides will benefit the National Park Foundation. Sign up at

America's Greatest Gift

National parks are not just “America’s Greatest Idea” they are our greatest gift!  December, the season for giving and celebrating with family and friends, is also a terrific time to support Friends Groups. Friends Groups come in all shapes and sizes but share a commitment to supporting their individual park and depend on both the local community and visitors to sustain their important work.  Friends provide a myriad of ways for folks to get engaged; Click on the following links and find out the Friends Groups NPF is supporting this year as part of our Park Partners Project. Membership is one way to support Friends and get the “insiders” track on unique events while knowing your dollars are going to good use.  In addition to membership, many Friends have calendars or other unique items – how about a trip back in time? -- that make great holiday gifts.  Look through your pile of mail for an end-of year solicitation from Friends; some will include “matching” opportunities from a challenge grant or board members.  Can’t afford a financial contribution this year, consider signing up as a volunteer or making a planned gift.  Couldn’t find your Friends Group via one of the previous links? 

 Visit to find a Friends Group at your favorite park. 

Calling All Shutterbugs!

There’s still time to enter your photos in the Share the Experience Photo Contest. The National Park Foundation, along with Active Network and Air Wick invite you to 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 also have the chance to have his/her photo featured on the 2015 Federal Recreational Lands Pass. The contest runs through December 31.

Don't miss out – enter your photos today at!

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

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"Denali" is the native Athabascan name for Mt. McKinley. Translated it means what?

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And congratulations to last month's winner, Philip McDaniel, from Vienna, WV, who knew that the Blue Ridge Parkway, which links Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, was America’s first national parkway.

Way to go Philip!

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