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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

334 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lynn38

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After graduating law school, I volunteered to do legal research for the Southeast Office of NPCA. The staff was fantastic. I got to work on a project focused on the clean-up and protection of the Buffalo National River. Using my legal research skills, I wrote a memo on the possibilities of some legal remedies, and then was asked to draft a letter to various state government actors. I also was asked to sit in on conference calls discussing the ongoing litigation and clean-up of the river. Overall, I felt my contributions actually helped make a difference. I would definitely volunteer with NPCA again.

AudreyPete0

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an American of African ancestry, I have the relatively unique good fortune of knowing the National Park System from Alaska to Florida. Many of the parks I've visited result from my multiple-term service on the board of NPCA, and I am ALWAYS thrilled to see how the staff in the national parks receive us..they express great appreciation for NPCA and the work we do. I give a lot of my time and resources to NPCA because I believe deeply in the organization's mission. Simultaneously, I am able to connect NPCA with national park leaders at the grassroots level..for example, one of the young men we mentored back in the 90s, from one of the roughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, is today a National Geographic Emerging Explorer..so NPCA's work spans generations and is echoing into the future...

David117

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The National Park Service has almost 400 sites and the National Parks Conservation Association supports them all. NPCA alerts the public about threats, immediate and potential, and takes action to prevent harm to the parks. NPCA takes a leadership role in publicizing and advocating new sites be brought into the NPS system.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The N.P.C.A. does a wonderful job of reminding us what a beautiful country we really have. I so long to visit each park and maybe someday it will become a realtiy as I am a nature lover. I really apprecitate all the information that the N.C.P.A post especially the breath taking photos. I just wish our government was more supportive of America's most beautiful places. Please continue to keep up the great work that you do.

Elizabeth80

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NPCA does a great job of letting the public know what needs to be done to protect and improve our national parks. Our national parks are national treasures.

Stacey15

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NPCA does wonderful work to help preserve America's most beautiful and cherished places, our National Parks.

Ben_14

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is vital to the longer term sustainability of the National Parks. They do great work in government affairs, helping park staff be the best that can be, and assisting in the best ideas to help protect our natural and cultural resources.

Lisa169

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think our National Parks are the largest gift the United States of America has to offer the world at this point in time. I have traveled to many but still haven't seen so many... Rocky Mountain National Park is one of our family faves but they are all on my "bucket list"!

Donor

Rating: 5

NPCA is a great organization! I am alerted to issues that our national parks face and I am certain NPCA works tirelessly to protect the places that are so important to me.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our National Parks are part of our history and heritage, it is our duty to keep them open and protected for everyone of all generations to enjoy. I feel blessed that we have an organization whose role is to do so and am proud to have been a member for many years so my children can keep on enjoying our nature and history.

Donor

Rating: 5

I appreciate the work that the NPCA does in supporting our National Parks. Our family tries to visit several parks every year. I like the fact that the NPCA keeps us informed of legislation affecting the parks, and gives us an opportunity to have input. I highly recommend donating to the NPCA.