Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit

National Parks Conservation Association

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Nonprofit Overview

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

189 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

The NPCA is working so hard to protect our parks. We need them more than ever. Our parks are in danger and we must keep them safe

Sam L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NationaL Parks changed my life. Love the land. Love your life.

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a frequent visitor to our national parks and am personally familiar with the important contributions of this important association.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love to visit National Parks and are especially proud that our nearby Pinnacles National Monument is now a full-fledged national park. Our teacher son took his classes there for a wonderful four day experience with a naturalist recently.
When we can't visit a park ourselves, we enjoy reading about them in your magazine. It makes us more aware of the many treasures the United States is privileged to own and protect.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State and have been hiking and birding ever since. Retired now, I am enjoying traveling with Road Scholar where I especially enjoy the opportunities this group affords for exploring and birding in our national parks, wildlife refuges, and forests/grasslands/seashores. I am so appreciative of the National Parks Conservation Association for making it easy for me to support these lands owned by all Americans. It is quintessentially American that when the federal government falls short in its support, we citizens step it up to support those values which define our country at its best.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is my desire to save the parks. Thanks for all you do!

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience is the awe I have every time I go to a National Park. The NPCA is dedicated to ensuring these national treasures are maintained for today and the future. My family has had enjoyed many great National Park experiences - most recently at North Cascades NP.

Patricia T.1

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the National Parks Conservation Association because they are committed to saving our National Parks. I have been very worried about this current national administration destroying our National Parks, our natural national treasures. By supporting the National Parks Conservation Association I believe I am helping to stop the destructive actions and work towards preserving these National treasures for all to use and enjoy

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband regularly goes hiking in some of our local National Parks The parks are kept very nice for visitors and we would hate to think what might happen if these wonderful oasis were not kept up. We also appreciate the rangers that are available in the large parks. they help educate us and keep us safe.
Thank you!!

Client Served

Rating: 4

When I went with my daughter to the south I stopped in several national parks along the way and was always impressed with the knowledge of the rangers and the information along the way. These weren't the big parks that one hears about but the little ones. it's because of that trip that I give to the NPCA

Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate the calendar, mailings and all their efforts to preserve the beauty and access to our national parks.

Helen Mulder W.

Donor

Rating: 5

Outdoor activity renews the spirit and the body. The National Park system in our country is a national treasure. Open areas, nature in its untouched beauty, animals seen in their natural habitat can save lives. I believe this so strongly that I am taking a group of students from Florida to Yosemite National Park in California. To be able to hike in the mountains, embrace a Sequoia Tree, dip our feet in a cold mountain stream, be challenged by Half Dome, and marvel at untouched meadows is heaven on earth. NPCA conserves and renews these areas annually. That's why I support them, and enjoy the magazine they put out each month.

Donor

Rating: 5

We love our National Parks they never disappoint! I think they do a great job keeping them up for the public to enjoy!

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA is a great advocate for our National Parks. The association keeps me well informed through email newsletters of top issues they are working on. The magazine has exposed me to so many of our national resources I wasn't aware of and we've incorporated visits to these locations into our travels.

Previous Stories
1

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a non-profit that gets things done! With their advocacy, real changes have been made to preserve our natural resources and open more land for preservation and the enjoyment of all. I was especially pleased to see my former Army duty station, Fort Monroe, VA, added to the national parks list. Getting this done was an incredibly quick turn-around , compared to how the government often operates, and I credit it in part to the passionate advocacy of NPCA.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Better Than The Don
At Protecting Our
HERITAGE ...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Experienced an amazing hiking/camping trip to the Grand Tetons
Love the experiential learning, beautiful hiking trails and camping facilities.
Love the staff and the learning facilities. We love our Forest Rangers - please, please, please keep them employed

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a fan of the National Parks, and especially Great Smoky Mountains National Park where we
vacation every year, I am all too aware of the difference NPCA makes in providing much-needed support for the parks. And this support is crucial right now, with this extremely ant-environmental administration wanting to take away all park funding. NPCA just might make the difference between having parks and having no parks.

Donor

Rating: 4

National Parks are one of America's great assets. This Association is working to make sure the parks remain for us and future generations to enjoy.

Donor

Rating: 5

Their beautiful magazine keeps me informed about or national parks and their continued stewardship to protect them for generations to come.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We were traveling through New Mexico and happen to see a sign about volcanos in New Mexico. We had never heard of such a thing.We thought we'd give it a look. When we got up to the ranger station we found that because we had a membership we got in free! This was an awesome place. We got to drive up to the top of the volcano and the park ranges were so nice and informative. It was beautiful! The rangers told us you could see for 150 miles from the top of the volcano. There was a very nice gift shop that they were refurbishing. The temporary gift shop was nice too. They had nature trails around the top of the volcano and also by the ranger station. We will be sure to stop back there again on our travels through New Mexico