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National Parks Conservation Association

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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

201 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization working hard to develop this incredible piece of American and Texas history. The existence of this trail led to the development of Texas as we know it and provided a means of interaction between the Spanish, French, Anglo and American-Indian populations. I only hope more people donate to keep this dream alive.

Thomas Q.

Donor

Rating: 5

Protecting and enhancing our National Parks is their passion! This organization provides excellent content to its members. Articles are timely, well researched and impactful. Newsletters are chock full of information about our parks and how to take advantage of their programs and splendor outdoors.

Chris S.8

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA is a great organization and very deserving of a charitable donation!

Donor

Rating: 5

Our National Parks are one of the most important parts of our Nation! God founded the United States and and our beautiful parks, and gave us the commission to keep it Beautiful and Protect it! I count it a privilege to not only support our Parks, but to visit them whenever possible! We are planning a trip to three National Parks in September! I can't wait to see all of God's Country!

Karen L

Donor

Rating: 5

Our nation's beautiful landmarks are in danger!! Donating to NCPA is a way I can help keep these wonderful treasures around for our future generations. NCPA provides great information about the history and events of all our national parks. What a great resource when planning vacations. A great charity!!!

Margaret Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have the advantage of being a senior and receiving the National Park membership at a substantial discount. Thus it is my contribution to become a member of this association which is striving to preserve them for all of the citizens of our country. We are so fortunate that past administrations and members of congress valued these parks and monuments and considered them very worthy of support in order that all the citizens could take part in the many offerings. This association is 5 star in my charitable contributions

Donor

Rating: 5

We must reverse years of inadequate park funding! Our National Park Staff are wonderful and we need more of them to protect our national treasures!

Thomas H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our National Parks agency and system is chronically underfunded. This organization helps correct the impact of this travesty. National Park employees are the best, and deserve our support.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization. Good communication through magazines and emails. Worthy cause.

Donor

Rating: 5

They have a marvelous magazine showing what is happening with the parks, what to see when you visit them and what you can do to help preserve them

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Donor

Rating: 5

i've been a member for ~ 15+ yrs : they work to help protect the national parks via outreach, identfying issues and promoting ways to assist, and education. they also have a great magazine that has articles on various parks and what you can do to help protect and assist in preserving our national sites.

Donor

Rating: 5

This country is in great need to save our National Parks. The National Parks Conservation Association does an outstanding job of informing people about the difficulties National Parks are facing and helping to address those difficulties. If we are not careful the current federal administration will decimate our beautiful land. We need the National Parks Conservation Association to help us protect these lands for future generations.

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!!