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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

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Through the years I have visited many of our National Parks. They are truly wonders to see! We need to conserve these now to make sure our children and grandchildren have the same opportunity we have had.
I am seeing much erosion and destruction in the parks now that we need to make others aware of so additional protections can be implemented. The NPCA is working hard to protect these precious lands and they need all the help they can get!
I am a true lover of our National Parks! So beautiful and amazing!

Donor

Rating: 5

I so appreciate the up-to-date notifications regarding NPS issues on the website! I can quickly notify government representatives of my position as well as the NPCA position regarding potential threats to our wonderful parks!

Thank you!

Donor

Rating: 5

The NPCA does so much to increase awareness of the growing issues that threaten our precious national parks. Not only do they make membership worthwhile from member perks such as the annual calendar, but they also send periodic emails to me whenever a natural disaster, political decision (pending or otherwise) is/will affect a national park/historic site, and provide it's members with a means to have our voices heard, or for us to lend a helping hand. The NPCA does a great job of cultivating a community of like-minded people who care about the preservation of our national parks/historic sites for generations to come, and I am proud to donate to and call myself a member of this organization!!

Julie278

Donor

Rating: 5

Our national parks are a legacy that can't be lost! The NPCA is working to continue to keep our parks safe for generations to come. They are continually sharing information to keep their readers informed of what is going on in this country.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our National Parks tell the story of our nation. And it is a GREAT story! Thank goodness our forefathers had the idea of preserving our parks for posterity. Now, we need to do our job to continue the legacy.

Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate always being informed on update happenings involving our parks and also wildlife. I am glad to receive emails regarding these happenings and also the mailing via the postal service.
Please continue your critical work to keep the public aware of all the issues associated with our parks.
I am sure that if it had not been for your continued effort that we would not the newer parks and protected areas that have been name this year and before.

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA represents a major voice in saving our National Parks.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the best. Not only is it vitally important to have this organization taking care of our parks, but the information we receive is wonderful.

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA is out there doing the hard work of keeping our nation's natural treasures safe. Their excellent magazine keeps me up to date on issues pertinent to our parks and the natural world. It is important for us not to take our parks' preservation for granted. Each American must do their best to protect for future generations all that was given to us.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the NPCA for 26 years. This organization advocates for, showcases and helps protect our national parks and is very much worth honoring!