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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Environmental Education, Land Resources Conservation, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: To protect and enhance America's National Park System for current and future generations.

Results: 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.

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a must do! We have to conserve the best this country has to offer for future generations to appreciate! This country is very beautiful and the history of the national parks is a great reason to want to live in this country. The beauty speaks to your spirit and makes you glad to be alive!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The National Parks are an American treasure. The NPCA helps protects the parks that we as a nation enjoy. Respecting and protecting our parks is vital.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I live in an area surrounded by three national parks. People in the valley love to visit at any time of year. The mountains are a respite and wonderful recreation site. Preservation is so important to sustain the beauty and viability of our parks for future generations. I want my grandchildren to have the same opportunities that my husband, myself and my children have always had.

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

This may be a little different story than you are wanting to hear but where is the nonprofit go to National Parks. My wife and I tried to Volunteer at the Grand Canyon this past summer on there so called Victor Units, Police department for the Park Rangers. They treated us like crap and did not stick to there own words.The word volunteer seem to not fit in on there schedule. We where ask to work a total of 64 hr per week for exchange of a rv site at there Grand canyon Village ,Looked like downtown LA or the Bronxs.Trash everywhere.They lied to us constantly and we were conserding a lawsuit. We believe that the Park system should be saved but need many changes. By the way ,They seem to have a big entery fee ,I think 25 per car per car and all concessions privately own ,Sometimes lined up for hrs to get in. Air Quilty was low.All we wanted to do was Volunteer and help out.To bad parks seem to be going down hill.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The NPCA continues to do an extraordinary job of educating the American people about the national park system and why it is important to defend the parks when they are threatened by selfish interests operating in our society. It is important that they be recognized for the valuable role they play in defending and promoting our national park system.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NPCA has a strong and capable staff that does great work locally, regionally and nationally. They also shine in the way that they organize and engage volunteers. They are quite effective at tapping the passion of those who love our National Parks and are adept and helping direct volunteer efforts towards productive action. Five stars. Two thumbs up. This is a good outfit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NPCA does a great job of promoting the conservation of America's National Parks. They provide insight as to the issues affecting the various parks and provide suggestions as to what we, the volunteers, can do to assist intthe remedy of these issues. Keep up the great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

NPCA is as old as the National Parks & is able to do their work because of their commitment to being the public's "watch dog" of the parks. By engaging the the public with awareness of important issues, NPCA helps in solidifying the future of our National Parks for generations to come.

Suzanne32

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Updates via email are well-written and timely. Call for action are compelling. Photos of parks are stunning. I am proud of their work on behalf of all of us.

Mark70

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are many of the National Parks I have visited and also many I have not been to. They have always been very helpful to my sense of peace and calm due to the natural surroundings. These parks have also been a great place of refuge as well as great places I can take my son's to for teaching them about the historical facts behind the places that have been designated as a national park. They are not only great as an instructional vehicle, they are great places to have family times that are safe and beautiful. Not having these parks would really detract from America as a whole. Many of the sites designated as national parks are historical areas that would have been destroyed by private interests for private profit gain without consideration to the many generations to come that will be able to visit them, and learn from them. I am so grateful to the Presidents, public and private individuals who took the time to see the future and know how valuable these areas are now for our interest as a nation.