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

Mission: We're protecting and enhancing America's National Park System for present 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.

Target demographics: Protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations. We celebrate the parks — and work tirelessly to defend them — whether on the ground, in the courtroom or on Capitol Hill.

Geographic areas served: America's National Parks

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

361 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 2

Do they seemingly use funds appropriately, sure. Do they have predatory fundraising tactics that target specific individuals, use mail/email bombing, and convey the message that responsibility for park conversation is on the individual and not higher instistuions, absolutely! They are an overwhelming white organization that has never once recognized public lands as stolen lands. The indigenous narrative is never involved in the NPCA. They never consider environmental justice a crucial intersection that plays a major role in conserving public lands. Also, they sell your data and share it with whomever they please.

This organization may be one of the oldest and most well funded but they are antiquated and not far off a scam. Give your money to someone else who actually believes in progress and not just getting as much money from gullible Americans as possible.

Janet Sperring Daryl S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I think this group is wonderful. They care about our National Parks

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love reading the magazine. It has a lot of information .

Donor

Rating: 5

We all need to do our park to support our parks. Every little bit helps

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For the past ten years or so, I've enjoyed the NPCA's "National Parks" quarterly magazine. It offers a professional, scientific, as well as, layman's view of our parks and their issues. It focuses on the fun, interesting and often newly developing aspects of hundreds of parks, monuments and other locales overseen by the Park Service. The magazine also reports on sometimes dire climate issues facing our planet, far beyond that of the parks alone. The magazine is a benefit beyond that of supporting the important work of the NPCA.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a supporter of the National Parks Conservation Association for about ten years. It is a worthwhile organization. God is not making any more land on this earth, so we'd best take care of what he's given us. The NPCA contributes mightily. And the magazine is always a good read.

The NCPA is WOKE!

Donor

Rating: 5

Love our National Parks, beautiful and well kept. Thanks to all staff and volunteers for keeping them that way.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just returned from vacationing at the National Parks in southern Utah. Simply beautiful. We hiked in all 5 parks. However, Arches NP has to turn folks away because of the lack of parking availability. We were at the entrance by 7am to make sure we got in. I am told that NPCA can influence this problem and others by donations. Since seniors can purchase a National Park pass for admission to any NP at a reduced price, it makes sense to swing the money we save using the pass to help NPCA.

Donor

Rating: 5

I an a senior citizen now, but I have great memories of visiting many National Parks throughout my life. They are part of our heritage. They need to be protected and preserved as a birthright for future generations.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our parks, our nation, our well-being is here. Vacation, enjoy, renew, expand your consciousness here. Not far from wherever you are. And worth the travel too. It's living history. So important for all, young and old. Especially our children and grandchildren though.

Donor

Rating: 5

Visiting National Parks was our dreamed-of family summer vacation. Half the fun was planning the trip and reading about the parks as we sat around the dining table. My parents were journalists of great humor and enthusiasm, who turned life into a sporting adventure of joy and curiosity and learning. Years later ,I was married in the century-old wooden chapel in Yosemite National Park and treasure memories of returns in all seasons. I want to help assure that these best of times and best of places are sustained and maintained for years to come so that others can have similar life -changing memories of what is really important about America. Parks are the nation’s “gathering place” to experience beauty, fellowship, storytelling and equal opportunity to explore and wonder. The NPCA Is an esteemed and respected protector of these treasured spaces that belong to us all.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Once you have traveled and seen the beauty of our National parks and not contribute to there everlasting beauty. We felt it would be a shame for the rest of the world not to be able to have the great enjoyment and experience we have received and want to help make sure that some of the rest of the world population would have a chance at there Natural wonders.
sincerely;
Michael and Susan Ferdinand

Curtis D. C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've visited many of our National Parks and am trying to help them with my donations. By donating you also receive their magazines which are very informative and fun to read. They are also a great aid in deciding which parks one may want to visit.

Donor

Rating: 5

It seems duplicative to write a review for an entity that is all in for our National Parks, but here it is. We have visited some 30 of the parks in the U.S. and each is magnificent in its own right. The NPCA works to keep these remarkable treasures for generations. I urge all to support and go out and enjoy a park.

Ronda H.1

Donor

Rating: 5

The National Parks Conservation Association not only lobbies to protect and conserve our national parks, but it also publishes a great magazine. I enjoy reading the publication cover to cover. While I may not be able to visit each and every National Park, reading the articles lets me visit our parks through the eyes and writtings of fellow park lovers.

Donor

Rating: 5

There are very few places where I can take my grandchildren and share the history and beauty of our country. Fortunately, we live within 40 miles of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Chippokes Plantation.

Sarah184

Donor

Rating: 5

This is such an incredibly important mission for all of us. These national parks are true gifts for us, but even more importantly, the animals and plants in them. If we don’t help to maintain them, we risk losing even more species of plants, animals, and insects. I have been fortunate enough to visit a few throughout the country, and I hope to see all over the next few years!

Craig M.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Love their magazine, and they are working in innovative ways to preserve and protect "America's Best Idea" while helping us all enjoy them more.

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Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA defends and assists the mission of the National Parks system, and publish an interesting magazine as well.

Wen M.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the most wonderful parts of the USA is its national park system. What joy, relaxation, connection to nature and even spiritual uplifting the parks bring to all of us! I am proud to support their efforts and will continue to do so!

Donor

Rating: 5

So happy to contribute to an organization that helps so much to preserve and protect something that belongs to me and every other citizen of the US--Our National Parks.

Maryann K.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great organization protecting national treasures!! Have visited most National Parks and what them protected for grand and great grand kids.

Elizabeth Rivette B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When we visited Bandelier and other New Mexico National Parks and Monuments in 2018, rangers spoke glowingly of NPCA, telling us that they approved of the association and its works. We have been members ever since!

Donor

Rating: 5

We are so impressed with the quality of the service & information received from the National Parks Conservation Association each month through their newsletter, and through all they do to preserve our national park system. Our money is well-utilized!

Donor

Rating: 5

The National Parks are our national treasure, and I can rely on the NPCA to protect and enhance both the natural world and the visitor experience in a productive and responsible fashion. The Association also does an excellent job of communicating with members/donors, offering both electronic and print resources -- fascinating information, great photos, and updates on the activities and advocacy work. When I last reviewed their non-profit status, I was impressed with their efficient use of donor funds. We need them now more than ever!

Donor

Rating: 5

Happy to give to National Parks Conservation Association, anything to protect our Parks, Park Staff and wildlife. If you have not experienced the National Parks, you should go. After enjoying these beautiful places you will understand how important it is to protect them. They just don't happen, it takes a lot of hard work to keep theses park operating.

Donor

Rating: 4

Very focused and appears to be spending money on the right things.

Clara S.4

Donor

Rating: 4

There aren't too many other organizations that have a more important mission than NPCA. Our environment is in peril and our parks contribute to the preservation of our beleaguered planet. I have been an enthusiastic supporter for as long as I can remember. I wish many more people would join me!

Donor

Rating: 5

We are seniors and no longer get to travel but, we really enjoy the magazine. It allows us to visit a plethora of parks virtually.

Donor

Rating: 5

I learn so much from NPCA regarding what is going on in our National Parks all over the US. I feel like my donations and membership are helping to keep our parks protected for future generations to enjoy, just as I have since I was a child.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a string supporter of the National Parks. Considering the hostile treatment of our environment by the current administration in Washington, DC, we need to help all those groups fighting for our natural resources. NPCA is a leader in that endeavor!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tireless protectors of national parks. Great magazine that has helped me find treasured parks I otherwise would never have known to visit. I’ve been a member over 40 years and would never consider leaving.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love visiting the National Parks and I feel very stongly that we, as Americans, are extremely lucky to have the parks.
Anything we can do to support the NP we should!!!
No matter how small, any donation can help the parks survive for many generations to come:)

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Donor

Rating: 4

THe NPCA gets high marks on Charity Navigator where I go to access the various charities I have "adopted." The National Parks are a true treasure and we must preserve and protect them and their inhabitants -- the animals, the trees and the general serenity and beauty they provide.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We need to support our National Parks as their funding is cut off by the federal government. We have stayed at several parks and really enjoyed the beauty and peace that they offer. Take a trip and visit!

Holly D.5

Donor

Rating: 5

I DONATED HERE IN HONOR OF MY LATE FATHER WHO LOVED THIS NATION'S PARKS AND FOSTERED A LOVE FOR THEM IN OUR FAMILY AS WELL. THANK YOU NPCA FOR ALL YOU DO IN PRESERVING OUR NATIONAL PARKS.

KJSHERIDAN

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been to many great National Parks and hope to hit many more before my time on earth ends. There is no much beauty in America, and so much of it, thank God, is protected by the National Park Service and the Conservation Association. Anything they do to protect these precious lands is worth my time and energy.

Donor

Rating: 5

Does great work to support, protect, and preserve our National Parks.

Pam M.5

Donor

Rating: 5

Love the NPCA! All their efforts are commendable, and they achieve results. Thankfully, we have them saving our national treasures.

Nathalie F.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I simply love the National Parks. I am so grateful for their existence and this non-profit organization that helps keeping thee NP beautiful but also that defends and will relentlessly defend the NP.
The magazine is also a real delight. I keep them all.

Donor

Rating: 5

National Parks Conservation Association makes great use of my dollars to promote public awareness of the needs and benefits of U.S. national parks, an irreplaceable treasure for our country and future generations.

Glenda C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our National Parks need to be preserved, there is no more land and we must protect what we have for ourselves as well as future generations. The NPCA works to protect our great parks and I commend them for it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a section hiker on the Appalachian Trail. I recently hiked though the Great Smokies National Park, a wonderful and challenging experience. Next year, I will go through Shenandoah, looking forward to that. Our national parks are a treasure especially now. They are places of nature we can escape to during this time of COVID 19.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for leading the charge to protect our national parks! I know that my donation will be used to directly impact these efforts.

Cindy Cole F.

Donor

Rating: 5

We need forward thinking organizations like this one to make sure our national treasures stay in tact for generations to come. Thank you NPCA!!!

Jim W.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

great organization with supporting our NPs and providing timely and informative material on past and current reporting

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA is a powerful advocate for our National Parks and Monuments. They promote visitation, promote appropriate use of the lands , and above all, advocate against inappropriate use of the lands or adjoining lands which would devastate the surrounding areas (e.g. fracking, mining).

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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!

Erich Huelsemann S.

Donor

Rating: 5

The National Parks Conservation Association is doing an outstanding job in its efforts to protect and maintain our great national parks! I am proud to be a member of this great organization!
Erich Huelsemann Sr.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is in a desperate battle to protect our parks from this cancerous administration and assure that there will be nature for our children and grandchildren!

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent updates; great magazine; good for America and our children's future!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We need to have the NPCA. The money that is donated goes toward education and protecting our National Parks. If we don’t have organizations that help we will lose our parks for future generations.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am proud to continue to support my parks, last March, while in Georgetown, I was fortunate to tour the oldest house there, which is owned by the Park Service and was just so inspired by its preservation and all the Park service work done in DC, I am very happy to continue to support our National Park service, all Park Service employees deserve a well earned thank you

Donor

Rating: 5

The NPCA keeps me informed of the many issues facing our park system and the environmental and political threats they face. Open spaces, protected spaces are invaluable to our well-being and the functioning of our planet.

1 Jeremy C.3

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization working to protect our wonderful National Parks! I am proud to be a long-time supporter.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love visiting national parks. They are the best part of being an American.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Informative emails, written correspondence and wonderfully edited and pictured
magazines make the National Parks Conservation one of my favorite nature/conservation nonprofit organizations.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the best protectors of one of our most important treasures.

1 Dayva H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NPCA is doing amazing work to protect our Natl. Parks for generations to come. They keep us informed and encourage participation in efforts to protect these much-cherished places.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The benefits and rewards of our National Park System and the conservation of these national treasures have had a wonderful impact on our family. Having access to information, tools and resources that allow issues personal to me and voices of many to share in the decision making process. Having an opportunity to contribute and preserve these for future generations is a responsibility I think and feel is incumbent upon all of us! We stand in our favorite spots, hike a that one scenic trail and once again find that moment that makes you smile, take family photos, or have a snack just so you spend some more time taking it all in all in and clear what the pace of daily life can erode from your soul. These are the special locations that make you want to back year after year so with my contribution we’re really supporting the memories that haven’t even happened yet! Let that thought twinkle in your eye! Best Wishes!

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Donor

Rating: 5

At a time when our national parks are endangered by global warming, toxic pollution, and threats to sell off or lease off parklands for industrial uses, the National Parks Conservation Association's work is more critically-needed than ever! NPCA works to protect the health and wellbeing of our national park system and has the credentials and over 100 years of experience and the capacity to do this work in a high quality and effective way! Multiple projects are underway all the time and are most deserving of our support.

Joe Aloha K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Teddy Roosevelt was a president who had vision. My family and I have visited several national parks and are thankful for his foresight.

It is difficult for us to visit the parks because we live in Hawaii. Yes, Hawaii is beautiful however the National parks on the “mainland” give us a different yet no less breathtaking experience. Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Grand Canyon, Yosemite have given us unforgettable memories.

Let us all do our part to support these bastions of natural beauty. Put on Teddy’s glasses and share his vision. Ah hui hou. Joe Aloha Kailua

Donor

Rating: 5

National Parks are a part of my life, weekly. It is where you can go and get "in the wild" and experience nature in an intimate way. It is important to support our parks at a time when they are being threatened with commercial exploitation, when they suffer from unnecessary fiscal shutdowns and are being over-crowded and vandalized. I support the NPCA and am grateful for their dedication and activism to protect our most valuable resource, our National Parks.

Laura Cleveland S.

Donor

Rating: 5

National Parks are a true treasure and one that needs protecting. The National Parks Conversation Association takes that job seriously. Since we first fell in love with National Parks we've been donating to the NPCA and have loved the educational updates, historical background and opportunities to stay connected to our nations treasures, our Parks!

Donor

Rating: 5

How can I not support our wonderful national parks!! They are so extraordinary. I've visited many and hope to visit many more. I love the association's magazine, with so many in depth or simple human interest stories.
Thank you for protecting our beautiful parks.

Donor

Rating: 5

I enjoy reading the monthly magazine & literature that this organization sends out.
I have visited several National Parks, but always enjoy seeing others.
Thanks for all you do!!

Paul G.4

Donor

Rating: 5

Our national parks are a very important part of our country. I’m very happy that the NPCA is helping to preserve them and make them available to all our citizens.

Donor

Rating: 5

In a time when government has decreased funding for our National Parks, I'm proud to support them. We have had wonderful family vacations to numerous parks. In a time when climate change threatens our natural world we need to value and support these priceless gems!