6 Ways to Support Our National Parks

One of the many things we learned during the government shutdown is that our National Parks are vulnerable. We may not always be able to visit them, but we can support them. Here are 6 ways we can ensure the survival of the United States’ massive and incredible parks system.

Donate: Your donations to the National Park Foundation help sustain and conserve our over 400 national parks, which collectively preserve more than 84 million acres of America’s most cherished landscapes, ecosystems, and historical sites. Donations in any amount, from one-time gifts to recurring monthly contributions, are among the most helpful ways that you can support our national parks.

George Washington Carver National Monnument. Image via the National Park Service

George Washington Carver National Monument. Image via the National Park Service

Renew: If you’ve given to the National Park Foundation before, it’s easy to make your donation a yearly tradition through a renewal.

Join: The National Park Foundation is made up of passionate national park enthusiasts who share a common love for our national parks — and you can be one of them! Join the national park community today!


Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Image via the National Parks Service.

Give a gift: Be sure to check out the National Park Foundation’s national parks gift guide, where you can always find a gift for someone special — or just for yourself. Whether you purchase clothes, coffee mugs, games, or tote bags, the proceeds will benefit our national parks.

Donate in honor or memory: Donate to national parks in the name of a friend or loved one to celebrate the memory of someone special or mark an occasion such as a birthday or anniversary.

congaree national park

Congaree National Park. Image via National Parks Service.

Make the parks your legacy: Whether you are interested in a simple gift through your retirement or life insurance plan, a traditional bequest through your will or trust, or perhaps a gift that pays you back like a charitable gift annuity—there are many ways to make a legacy gift. Explore how you can include the National Park Foundation in your estate plans.

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