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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

275 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Preserving the most inspiring places and species in this country is such an honorable intention. I have very limited funds with which to make charitable contributions. NPCA is one of the few large nonprofits with the values that qualify.

Janet Sperring Daryl S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA keeps me informed about about conservation issues.

Craig M.3

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Donor

Rating: 5

Organizations like NPCA mean the world to me right now. Our nation's most sacred places are in dire threat. NPCA is fighting to protect the irreplaceable with advocacy and action. As a resident of the borderlands, I am especially grateful to them for their work on shedding light on the heart breakingly devastating destruction to 6 of our nation's protected areas that are being destroyed by the brash and unethical border wall construction. They are working on the ground and revealing what we stand to lose.

Donor

Rating: 4

Very good organization that is devoted to preserving and enhancing the great natural resources that are available in this great country.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I are avid fans of the National Park System which spans hundreds of locations around the country. In part, we depend on this organization to keep us informed as well as advocate for the NPS.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is easily one of my favorite organizations to donate to and be apart of. They do great work and continue to not only protect our national parks, but do whatever they can to make sure they continue to be the great places they are.

Donor

Rating: 5

After the tragedy of 9-11, we decided to stay in our beautiful country and witness it's beauty. We bus toured with Trafalgar, the Southwest United States. We visited the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion and Muir Woods. Then cancer struck and to celebrate a full recovery we toured the Northwest United States visiting the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, the Grand Tetons, Crazy Horse and Yellowstone. I have become the biggest fan of the National Park System. We then cruised to Alaska and visited Denali. I'm hoping that technology and climate change doesn't erode the nature of the parks, so that my 8 grandchildren can someday enjoy them as much as we did.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have supported NPCA for close to 20 years. This organization is a reputable, strong and effective advocate for our national parks.

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA is doing a great job in persevering our National Parks and educating the communities world wide the importance of our parks and its beauty.

Katharine M. H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The NPCA’s courage, skill, tenacity and dedication to public lands is all that the Trump administration is not. The writing and photography in their magazine is top notch. They are not afraid to confront controversial issues and their lobbying efforts have provided some welcome success stories. They are the best allies of the true public servants who believe in the stated mission of the National Park Service. Since 2003 I have volunteered nearly 3500 hours at the National Park near my home.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm very happy hearing from NPCA. I love reading the magazine & the articles I get by email as well. I even share the magazine with my sister who is a middle school teacher.

Elizabeth H.5

Donor

Rating: 5

I love National Parks and this association is on the forefront of keeping the Parks going!!

Donor

Rating: 5

The NPCA balances the historical past with concern for the future of our National Parks. Dissemination of information is particular critical during this administration which seeks to tear down previous conservation advances. I would like to see the NPCA magazine in every public and school library in the nation.

Donor

Rating: 5

We are so blessed in this country to have such beautiful parks and we need to continue to support them. We don't want our parks closing down so we need to support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been National Parks Conservation Association members for years. We have always enjoyed their magazine and outreach on current park issues. NPCA has been a consistent and strong advocate for America's national parks. As a retired NPS employee of 37 years I can testify to their unwavering support of park protection. At times when the individual parks or NPS was unable to take action against some issue, NPCA was there to support them. They are not afraid to address critical issues threatening parks and lack of funding. Since retirement nearly 4 years ago, I was asked to join the NPCA Northwest Regional Council to assist in their efforts.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited over 20 national parks in California, Utah, Washington State, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. They are a treasure beyond description - everyone who visits is enriched. It doesn't happen without funding - everything from maintaining bathrooms to fantastic ranger-led walks and hikes takes money. We need to support and protect our national parks - now more than ever.

Richard K.5

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA does an excellent job of promoting and protecting our national parks. Outstanding publications and advocacy.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love to visit National Parks (wherever they may be). You can go near and far and always find one. Form sea to sea - they are available to spend time and inhale the beauties of nature. What a wonderful world we leave our generations. I live near Philadelphia and it is very convenient just to stop in and visit anywhere in the historical section. What a pleasure to show our visitors.

Donor

Rating: 5

i look forward to receiving the quarterly magazine and learning about the conservation that is going on. My husband and I visit a national park every year. We have been to 18 so far and counting. there is so much to see int he United States. Visiting, hiking and bicycling are the best ways to see the national parks in the US.A

John J.7

Donor

Rating: 5

Organizations like NPCA play such a critical role in protecting our National Parks. In addition to all the work they do, they provide a great platform that I rely on for information, and as a means to participate in the effort. As long as there are those who would work to eliminate and destroy these national treasures, NPCA will remain an indispensable organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love the National Parks. Our favorite is Yellowstone but we have been to many. Our trip to Yellowstone in the winter was spectacular! Love this magazine!

Donor

Rating: 4

Visiting National Parks from Acadia in Maine to Denali in Alaska over the years, I am always filled with wonder and also with gratitude for their existence. These special places inhabited by amazing flora and fauna that enrich our lives are under constant threat by climate change and human abuse. Knowing that the National Parks Conservation Association is there to fight to preserve our parks and their inhabitants is a great comfort and gives me the opportunity to participate in their advocacy work. Supporting this nonprofit is essential to the future of our National Parks.

Randy R.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a member because I care about our national parks and keeping park land safe and secure. NPCA does a great job helping with what I care about.

Lisa Garfield G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank God for the steadfast commitment of the National Parks Conservation Association. This non-profit is more important than ever before as the current president and his appointees dismantle everything we hold dear, including protections for public lands. As responsible citizens we must now step up and take a stand. Contribute, then VOTE.

I am so grateful that my late husband and I had the opportunity to explore the Grand Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Escalante, Zion, Bryce, and other natural wonders. My daughter, son-in-law, and six grandchildren -- ages 16 to 7 -- are outdoors every single day and one summer traveled from Pennsylvania to California by van, visiting nine National Parks and sleeping under the stars for a month. These experiences kindle a love for the land that gives me hope for a future beyond today's shortsighted administration.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our first contact with NPCA was on a trip they sponsored to Isle Royale National Park perhaps ten years ago. Since then, I have consulted with their travel department on a number of excursions to other parks - Death Valley, Zion, Bryce among others. The national parks are a phenomenal part of the United States, and I fully support all NPCA does to maintain and advocate for the 400+ units of the National Park System.

Donor

Rating: 4

I am impressed with their communications -- encouraging contact with elected officials re various issues, etc. Print magazine is varied in content and always a treat to read. They are an important advocacy group. Haven't yet been on any of their excursions, another great way to call attention to the parks.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great cause. Comes with an excellent magazine.
I hope people will consider donating to this great cause to help keep the national parks, and with it the beautiful landscapes of America.

Donor

Rating: 5

We got married 3 years ago and were looking for a GREAT charity to donate all of our reception/gift money to. We chose the National Parks Conservation Association for many reasons. We are avid hikers. We LOVE the national parks. Our current presidential administration is hell bent on destroying ALL of it!!! We need people to fight the good fight, and NPCA does just that. We would encourage EVERYONE to join and take up the call.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have appreciated their efforts on behalf of National Parks as well as their outreach to communicate with members such as myself.

Donor

Rating: 5

Our national parks are a national treasure that we need to preserve for current and future generations.

Donor

Rating: 5

My whole family looks forward to receiving the very informative and well-written quarterly magazine. We have visited many national parks and monuments in the west and midwest on our summer roadtrips. I know that the efforts of the National Parks Conservation Association are helping to ensure that our parks will continue to be an irreplaceable part of our national heritage.

Penny C.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Nicely keep parks and areas of fantastic beauty. Was at Glacier National Park and loved everything there. So relaxing and a nice place to see animals in their natural living place. Looks of trails and place to stay or camp. absolutely beautiful at night!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NPCA does vital work as advocates for the resources of national parks and for the responsible use of these resources. I have seen their work on the ground and have always been impressed by what they do and how they do it.