National Parks Conservation Association
Rating: 4.78 stars 91 91 reviews 3,870
777 6th Street Ste 700 Washington DC 20001 USA
To protect and enhance America's National Park System for current and future generations.
The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) works on the ground, in and around our national parks, conducting research, and working hand-in-hand with park staff, community leaders, park advocates, and state and federal legislators to ensure that our national parks and monuments are welcoming and well funded, well managed and well protected for generations today and tomorrow. NPCA can be found mobilizing citizens and joining with communities, businesses, landowners, and activists; promoting legislation that strengthens protections for the national parks, advocating for the funding our national parks and monuments need, establishing or enforcing legal safeguards through the courts; and doing everything we can to protect our national parks for years to come. NPCA was established in 1919 to be an independent voice for our National Park System. One of our founders, Stephen Mather, was also the first director of the National Park Service, which was established in 1916. Mather and others saw a clear need for an independent voice outside of the federal government to protect the nation’s parklands. For more than 90 years, the nonpartisan, independent, membership organization has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing the park system’s superlative examples of America’s natural, cultural, and historic heritage. NPCA and its more than a million members and supporters are committed to preserving the most diverse park system in the world for us now and for those who will come after.
Engage, educate, and empower americans: the long-term viability and vibrancy of the national parks depend on a broader, more diverse, committed, and engaged constituency that values the national park idea. To gain broader support for the parks, the association will seek through this strategic priority to create a larger national park community that is engaged, educated, and empowered to protect and enhance our national parks and monuments. This broader community will include non-traditional allies and a broader constituency that more closely represents the changing demographics of america.
protect and restore: the association protects parks from external threats that negatively effect, degrade, or destroy park resources or values, and serves to protect, restore, and maintain park, natural, and cultural resources unimpaired for future generations. The association has offices across the country to ensure that threats to resources at our parks are detected early and solutions to these threats implemented quickly. The association also identifies and cultivates park champions who can advance policies that protect parks and thwart emerging threats.
strengthen and enhance: the association will ensure that the national parks have the money they need to keep parks open, thriving, and in good repair by securing adequate funding for the national park service and identifying additional public and private funding sources. New national parks are added to the system or expanded to tell the full story of america. Through its center for park management the association works with the national park service to promote and enhance the management capacity within the national park service.
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All Around Excellent Organization...A Great One To Support...
Great organization, we need to support our national parks
National Parks Conservation Association does an incredible amount of work to improve and safeguard our national parks for the amount of donations they receive. I continue to support them because Congress is unwilling to put forth the necessary funds to maintain our parks and improve them. I believe in this organization's mission.
Participating on the Desert Committee in Southern California, I am continually amazed at the level of expertise about the desert and tireless commitment to her advocacy shown by NPCA staff. They are models for our own continued support for our spectacular and often much-maligned desert wild lands.
NPCA is solely focused on their goal of protecting the National Parks and educating the public. Their magazine is fantastic and I learn something new with each addition. Thanks for helping me and my family to protect and enjoy the parks.
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I've been a supporter of this organiztion for several years. Why, because I love our national parks. Yet, the excessive salaries and expenses leave only 77% going to the actual programs. The administrative cost is a respectable 4%, but other expenses are out of line. I will search for another organization to support our national parks.
Supports National Park experiences. Protects wild and education experiences. Advises and supports staff.
Our National Parks are a significant part of what makes America Great!
So glad to be a NPCA Member.
Save our National Parks! This nonprofit always sends me updates, chances to get involved, and gifts for donations. Although they do often remind me often to donate, they don't pressure me. They also try to show exactly how the money will be used to benefit the parks.
National Parks is how we conserve for future generations what we get to enjoy today. I am happy this organization is around.