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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

334 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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:)

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.

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.

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

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!

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!

Kathie Miller S.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a very worthwhile organization. They need all of us to help More than ever since their have been cut and the Trump administration keeps trying to sell them off. The parks like the government belong to the people not the politicians.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a
Photographer the National Parks have always been an inspiration.

Donor

Rating: 5

For many years we have been able to depend on NPCA to provided unwavering and constant and intelligent attention to the incredible National Parks this Country is so privileged and lucky to have. We all have a serious duty to see that these Parks are preserved for our enjoyment and that of all the generations to come. National Parks Conservation Association contributes much to help us see that this duty is fulfilled..
Katherine Badding-Reed
Abilene, Texas

Donor

Rating: 5

They inspire us to visit & protect the National Parks. Their calendar reinforces the beauty of our national parks, and our young adult son & his fiancé have already embarked upon their ambition to visit every national park in our country. We were urged by him to purchase the lifetime pass to the Parks & have already visited some, as well.

Donor

Rating: 5

National Parks are one of the greatest treasures this country has. I want to help continue the efforts to protect our great lands and support the work of the NPCA! Hi

Karen D.12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We would never not subscribe to National Parks Conservation Association. Our national parks are the most important thing we share and support in common. Thank you for the work you do on the behalf of ALL Americans. We love our parks. We NEED our parks.

Susan S.16

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA is one of my favorite organizations. I love the news emails and the calendar. The magazine is superb. I read it cover to cover. Our parks are one of this nation's most precious resources and I have enjoyed visiting a number of them. We must all protect and support these places and NPCA is a valuable guardian of them.

James Patrick F.

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA is one of the great custodians of our indispensable National Parks. They continually rise to the challenges and threats that would compromise these jewels of Nature and defend them with intelligence and vigor.

Donor

Rating: 5

I went to the northwest USA on a bus tour last year and was so I awe stricken by our national parks beauty that I joined the NPCA when I was in Yellowstone National Park. We all need to try to conserve this beauty.

Donor

Rating: 5

The work that National Parks Conservation Association does to help augment the resources of the Federal and State governments in support of public lands, including parks, monuments, and forests, is vitally important to the sustainability of our nation's treasures for generations to come.

Donor

Rating: 5

Worthwhile cause all Americans should support. Everyone needs to stop and take time to appreciate nature’s beauty

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA is a wonderful organization which has been supporting America's great National Parks for over 100 years. They provide funding for educational programs and restoration of trails and other visitor facilities in parks across the country. They also produce a beautiful and colorful magazine with information about the national parks and work with a partner organization to lead tours to national parks.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We had the privilege of enjoying Volcanoes National Park n 2019. It was a unique and beautiful experience. The Hawaiian Goddess - Pele smiled on us. We had a memorable and uneventful trip. JF Patterson

Donor

Rating: 5

In the midst of multi-layered crises, this tireless non-profit non-government agency stands out - for honesty, integrity and dedication to its mission of overseeing the maintenance and management of our precious national parks and monuments, despite government laxity and sometimes outright incursions against our national heritage. Leadership and staff alike are infused with this zeal, and they do it all with a minimal budget and grass-roots support. They have proven time and again to be a powerful and effective voice for our children's children's America.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm very impressed with the activism NPCA has shown in protecting negative impacts to our national parks and monuments, particularly from the misguided leasing of public lands to fossil fuel interests. NPCA has also been a strong advocate for legislating more funding to clear up the backlog of improvements needed to enhance the experience of visiting America's terrific public lands.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NPCA has consistently carried out their mission year after year making an impact on the preservation of our national parks. It's a very worthwhile charitable contribution. A cause I can believe in!

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm impressed by the work NPCA does to maintain some of America's most beautiful natural treasures and keep them for our successors in this country. They not only make them clean, tidy, and available for visitors, but they also do everything they can to keep them safe from harmful, egoist investors and politicians.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NPCA does a superlative job of working with and for our National Parks, working tirelessly to promote the forests, the environments in which they exist and the plants and animals within their environs.

Kimberly V.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Save beauty and history!! Support our National Parks

Donor

Rating: 5

WE LIVE IN THE SUMMER MONTHS IN NORTH CAROLINA IN THE SMOKEY MOUNTAINS,WE HAVE A GREAT VIEW OF THE MOUNTAINS.IT IS RIGHT NOW 69% AT 4:30 IN THE AFTERNOON IT IS 95% IN FLORIDA WE LOVE IT.WE DRIVE THROUGH THE PARK ALL THE TIME IT IS GREAT.TRY IT SOMETIME YOU WILL LOVE IT TOO.THE BOOK WE GET FROM THE NPCA IS A GREAT HELP FOR HELP IN CHOOSING OTHER PARKS.EVERYONE IN AMERICA SHOULD JOIN THE NATIONAL PARK CONSERVATION ASSOC.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have now received 3 NPCA surveys in the last 6 weeks. It feels like they are just out for a money grab! I have been to over 20 national parks and the last few I have been at I have never seen anything about this company or how you would know that they were helping. In fact how much money is sent in and how much makes it to the parks! I will support my parks by going to them and will never give to NPCA

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.