While summer may not officially end for another few days, we’re already excited about what is to come in our national parks this fall! In less than two weeks we’ll be celebrating National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 28th. This is a great time to give back to the national parks you love. It is our nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for our public lands. And it’s a fee-free day, meaning national park entrance fees will be waived!

Last year, nearly 175,000 people volunteered their time at more than 2,200 sites in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. Volunteers removed an estimated 23,000 pounds of invasive plants, built and maintained an estimated 1,500 miles of trails, planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants, and collected an estimated 500 tons of trash from trails and other places. Let’s help make this year – the 20th anniversary – even bigger and better! Visit the National Park Foundation website to find out how you can get involved and honor this special occasion by volunteering in your national parks! You can also find a list of volunteer events here.
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Support Education in the Parks

September is back-to-school time for many American families. But did you know that our nation has classrooms that students — both young and old — can enjoy year-round? These classrooms are our national parks!

America’s national parks teach us invaluable lessons about our planet, our history, and ourselves. We want every American to have the opportunity to experience, and learn from, all of the history, culture and natural beauty our nation’s more than 400 national parks have to offer.  And you can help.

Thanks to park supporters everywhere, we are incredibly close to raising $1 million online to support the places we all love — your national parks!  Please help us reach our goal before we close the books on our 2013 fundraising on September 30th with your gift today.


Thanks to the generous donations of more than 100,000 supporters, the National Park Foundation has raised more than $40 million in support of the Flight 93 National Memorial.  In completing its capital campaign for the only national park unit recognizing the events of September 11, 2001, NPF has ensured that private funding for the memorial’s major features and phases is in place.

Earlier this month, the National Park Service and Flight 93 partner organizations broke ground for the Visitor Center Complex.  This on-site learning and education facility will be the centerpiece for public programming about Flight 93 and September 11.  Starting in 2015 many of the more than 300,000 visitors who come to Shanksville each year will pass through this facility as they begin their experience at the Flight 93 National Memorial.  For a new generation of visitors who are too young to remember September 11, the Visitor Center Complex will help answer their questions about the events that changed history twelve years ago.

Remembering September 11 will continue at the Flight 93 National Memorial.  Support for educational programming and continued restoration of the historic landscape, such as ongoing planting of some 150,000 trees, will still be needed for the memorial on an annual basis.  For more information about these opportunities, contact the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial.

Disney Gives Students a "Ticket to Ride"

This school year kids across the country are getting the chance to experience our national parks as classrooms thanks to Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund’s continued support of the National Park Foundation’s Ticket to Ride program. Ticket to Ride helps students explore the outdoors by providing financial resources for transportation, removing one of the greatest barriers preventing our youth from experiencing the national parks around them.

For many students, the Ticket to Ride field trip will be their first visit to a national park. Once in the parks, a world of learning begins as young people discover their natural, cultural and historical heritage, participate in volunteer and service-learning activities, enjoy recreational opportunities and most importantly, begin a lifelong relationship with their national parks. Last year the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park’s “Towpath Explorer Project” empowered student-driven discovery and learning along 184.5 miles of historic canal towpath and engaged 1,600 students in science, math, history, engineering and technology. Renewed support has enabled the C&O Canal to continue engaging students in hands-on educational programming this fall.

The National Park Foundation’s Ticket to Ride program aims to provide support for over 100,000 students to visit our national parks annually. We are proud to work with Disney to make park experiences possible for tens of thousands of young people and ultimately inspire the next generation of park enthusiasts.

For more information about Ticket to Ride, corporate partners and ways to support this and the other exceptional National Park Foundation programs, visit nationalparks.org.



Summer Scrapbook—Vote For Your Favorites and Win!

National park fans have contributed thousands of spectacular photos, videos, and travel tips to the NPF Summer Scrapbook. The content submission period has ended and the finalists have been selected, but there’s still time to enter for your chance to win big! Vote for your favorite photos, videos and tips by September 30th and you could win a dream national park adventure!
Anyone who votes has a chance to win a train trip for 4 on the historic Grand Canyon Railway with a stay at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel.  The winners in each category will receive awesome national park prize packs filled with hiking and camping equipment, NPF gear, a national parks pass and so much more!  
Join the fun and help us showcase the best of our national parks today at www.nationalparks.org/summer!

Active Trails on the River

Last month, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area partnered with the Navajo Reservation, the County Health Department, a local youth organization, and a private river outfitter for an overnight camping trip and float on the Colorado River. This National Park Foundation Active Trails trip was the third in a series designed to engage Navajo youth and families in healthy outdoor activities. Along for the fun were 18 participants, three park rangers, one educator from the Health Department, and four river guides. The program has proven so popular that the park cannot meet the demands for more! The adventurous group took seven inflatable kayaks, two paddle boats, and one Zodiac through the 1,500 feet deep canyon, which winds its way through magnificent sculptured sandstone cliffs for approximately 15 miles from the Glen Canyon Dam to Lee’s Ferry. The group also conducted an insect survey to be incorporated into an ongoing U.S. Geological Survey study to determine the health of the species along the river and learned about 8,000 year old petroglyphs. One participant who works on her family’s cattle ranch on the Navajo Reservation expressed how much these trips have meant to her by opening her eyes to all kinds of new things she can study and do in life. These experiences can be life changing. Go parks!

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

Our National Parks Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

While we celebrate the diversity of our country every day, this month we are excited to highlight the rich culture, contributions and traditions of American Latinos by honoring Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th to October 15th. Generations of American Latinos have impacted, shaped and enriched our nation, and many of their historic contributions are preserved, recognized and shared in our national parks. From labor activist César E. Chávez in California leading the charge to improve working and living conditions and wages for farm workers, to Spanish explorer Ponce de León discovering a cluster of seven coral reef islands off the coast of Florida, our national parks offer an infinite number of ways to engage with, experience and celebrate American Latinos. Check out the American Latino Heritage Fund to learn more.

Seasonal Scentsations

It’s that time of year again, when the evenings turn cool, the leaves start to turn and we know fall is in the air. Experience the scents of the season with Air Wick’s Fall 2013 Limited Edition National Park Collection in support of the National Park Foundation. The unique fragrance collection features three new scents inspired by autumn in our national parks, with a return of last year’s fall favorite – Acadia, Sweet Vanilla & Pumpkin.

This year bring home the aroma of crisp changing fall foliage with Zion – Fall Foliage & Spice, enjoy the ripe fruits of the annual fall harvest complemented by a hint of zest in Cape Cod – Cranberry Harvest, and invite an invigorating fall morning into your home with Rocky Mountains– Mountain Woodlands & Crisp Air.

The National Park Collection from Air Wick hopes to inspire families to experience our parks first-hand and begin a lifelong relationship with America’s most treasured places. To learn more about Air Wick and the Fall 2013 Limited Edition National Park Collection please visit www.airwick.us.

Take a Lantern Tour Through History

150th Commemoration of the Civil War touches many of the historic sites within the NPS system, including Appomattox Court House, the scene of Gen Lee’s surrender to Gen. Grant and the end of the Southern states’ effort to secede.  The Appomattox 1865 Foundation is a relatively new and very active Friends Group that has successfully raised funds for initial restoration and education programs – including receiving a grant from NPF’s Ticket to Ride program.  Though small, the Friends have ambitious plans to engage the local community and the many visitors expected in 2015.  Join the Friends for a night-time “Lantern Tour” through the park on Sept. 26, 27 or 28th.  First person stories told by living historians will recount the infamous small pox epidemic, the remembrances from the old town clerk and the sweet sounds of a Sweeney playing banjo.  Sold out last year, book your tickets today for this special event.

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It is said that German submarines came into the fjord-like coves of what national park along the eastern seaboard during WWII?

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And congratulations to last month's winner, Barbara Gershowitz, from Frankin, TN, who knew that Mammoth Cave NP has an underground river and over 400 miles of explored and mapped underground passages.

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