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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

244 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

A great organization actively ensuring protection of our planet’s natural places and preventing our current administraton’s destruction of our national treasures.

Donor

Rating: 5

We strongly support the job that National Parks Conservation Association does to protect and improve our National Parks. We're heading for Yellowstone NP on Sunday for a few days of camping, wildlife watching and hiking.

Donor

Rating: 3

Have used our membership several times when visiting national parks.

Donor

Rating: 5

They provide great information in their magazine. It is important to support our national parks, keep them open to future generations. I feel that the National Parks Conservation Association does a great job with respect to this goal.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great magazine! I just joined because I’ve been at my aunts house for a few days reading her past issues of the NPCA magazine and I’m really impressed by the articles. Now I just donated to get my own subscription!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently President of Big Bend Conservancy and enjoy working with NPCA staff members Dallas Kelley-Kerr and Chloe Crumley. We recently participated together in the Intermountain Regional Friends Alliance Meeting in Austin Texas. NPCA was very visible and active at the regional meeting. NPCA continues to work closely with Big Bend Conservancy and I value their input on our fundraising and outreach activities to help us improve the park experience at Big Bend National Park.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I cannot travel the national park system as frequently as I once did in my 20s and 30s . Retirement is around the corner and I am looking forward to those long road trips again!
In the meatime, it is exciting to have the NPCA keep me informed on our National Park business and wonders. We are all stewards of these glorious lands - thank you for your valuable service to 'our' American assets!

Jeannette H.

Donor

Rating: 5

awesome group, very worthy cause,
We need to protect our National Parks

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization providing a badly-needed voice to protect our national parks.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Every trip through a national park has been a magnificent experience! We need to preserve what we have so the next ones who walk our paths can get a sense of the beauty of our country and the bliss of standing in wild country.

Donor

Rating: 5

Always clear, always proactive, always looking to benefit the parks and their denizens

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm glad to support NPCA, an organization that is truly dedicated to the preservation of our national heritage. It's sad that we have to fight as hard as we do to oppose the forces trying to undo our park system, but NPCA does it and they do it well.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I traveled the country and the National Parks were sooo much a part of our travels. Our world is being overtaken by "progress". We need to protect the beauty and land that is part of this wonderful world.

Donor

Rating: 5

Very satisfied with their efforts and results on our behalf.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The national Parks Conservation Association is almost all that stands between preservation of our natural wonders and the wholesale destruction of what we cherish. With us standing behind them they will be all the help required.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am recently retired, selling my Fla condo, and hopefully realizing my goal of visiting all the national parks. NPCA is one of the few fine organizations that I believe stand for
our inheritance and the legacy of Muir.