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National Parks Conservation Association

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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

275 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA is there to support our National Parks; to keep them running and protected. Thanks NPCA

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great non-profit! As a National Park visitor, I appreciate their hard work to preserve the natural beauty of our country.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been aware of the National Parks association for at least 30 years and I wholeheartedly endorse their mission and the work they do. NPCA is a wonderful organization dedicated to the preservation of one of our greatest national treasures. Our national parks and the wildlife they shelter are under more pressure than ever, one could even say under assault and in existential danger. The NPCA works in a non partisan way to communicate, educate, inspire, influence decision makers, and promote good stewardship of our protected lands. I would encourage everyone to support its work in any way they can to ensure that our parks in their entirety will be there for generations to come.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for your dedication to saving and preserving our National Parks for all of us and future generations!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

They work very hard to get funding to ensure the National Parks stay pristine. Correct and adequate staffing is needed, protecting the bills which help and working hard to defeat the bills which harm, NPCA lives up to their expectations as conservators of our most treasured heritage.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have visited quite a few of our national parks Yellowstone, Bryce, Yosemite to name a few.
National Parks Conservation Association's magazine with their wonderful articles on our
national parks and also the articles about the problems the parks are having with less
government funding and the plans by the government to take some of that land and let
drilling and other mining operations take place need to be stopped. Their magazine articles
remind everyone, even those who have never seen the beauty of the parks themselves, that
something needs to be done to protect them for future generations to enjoy.

Donor

Rating: 5

Topical subjects that are well presented. Good info and resources.

Anne D.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think the National Parks Conservation Association does a tremendous job supporting the quality of the national parks. I have visited several of them and am always impressed with the dedication of the staff and the high level of organization present in the parks. They are truly a national treasure. For years these places have had to struggle to offer a high level of tourism
under constantly threatened or inadequate funding. They deserve our support.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched all the good that they do in protecting our National Parks. I feel more secure that our parks are protected because they exist. Thank you National Park Consevation Association!

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA provide a wonderful means of enabling individual citizens to contribute to the well being of our national parks. And this is especially important given the continued lack of funding for maintenance and provisioning of the parks from our government.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for guarding the sanctity of our national parks. We spent 6 weeks touring the national parks in 2014. It would be a national tragedy to loose them.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thank you for all your efforts on behalf of our national parks.

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA’s advocacy for the parks is crucial to ensure their survival and protection against commercial intrusion.

Donor

Rating: 5

No other group is so focused on protecting our National Parks from destructive policy decisions and under or no funding of the Park Service to maintain their beauty and safety. These treasures need every once of protection available so we do not lose the last remaining lands in their original state.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In this day of climate change and threats from those who seek to profit privately by eroding our National Parks System, the NPCA's role has never been more crucial as they strive to protect and preserve our natural heritages . If we abuse or waste the gifts that Mother Nature has given us, she will take them back, even if she has to change her dress to do it, and we may not like her new costume.

Shelley G.2

Donor

Rating: 5

The NCPA is the best advocate we have to help preserve and protect our National Parks for the future. Plan a visit to any of our parks. You will never be disappointed by them!

Donor

Rating: 5

They are a protective voice for the beautiful parks are way too underfunded.

Donor

Rating: 3

Thank you for not killing trees and stopping the continual sending of junk mail, after so many repeated requests. I hope the others you have shared my personal information with will do the same.

Donor

Rating: 5

Now more then ever , we need to protect our national treasures. They are not only beautiful places to enjoy but also historical cultural educational experiences.
Everyone can participate.. no hierarchy nor judgment involved. No tests are given. No expectations. Learn to respect your surroundings ... & the same will be returned to you. So glad to receive the magazine as it informs me more about the parks then I would typically get from googling.