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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

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sam L.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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!

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.

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member for years. Sometimes loose time to renew. Received my 2018 Calendar Reply and was going to send my check in but this email came in and now I donated but wanted you to know I received my 2018 calendar which I always enjoy using.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NPCA provides accurate and relevant information regarding both the unique wonders of our national parks system and the issues facing them. I believe they are balanced and analytical in their assessments, and have the best interests of America's legacy in mind, not political objectives. I rely upon them for accurate and unbiased reports and value their dedication and diligence in protecting America's "best idea".

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Moving to Arizona 10 years ago and every year we are driving to more National Parks and Monuments here in the southwest and west. Our appreciation of the parks grows every year. NPCA is one of the few charities I support with monthly donations because I know they will protect and support our parks no matter what administration is in the white house.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very impressed by their responses and keeping me updated and in the loop and giving me the opportunity to participate .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Has a huge impact benefiting the parks. Also keeps members informed and educated through their monthly magazine.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have explored different areas with family members and am always in awe of our beautiful country. The Shenandoah Valley area including the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Smokie Mountains including Cherokee I was able to share with my senior aunt who had never seen them. The Muir Woods we, my siblings & families and friends, hiked in such glorious majestic splendor. Sights you can't imagine without being there.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our National Parks are precious an need to be protected - and they need everyone to help them with a donation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NPCA effectively played an important roll in advocating for Yellowstone National Park's budget. They are an important spokes-group with Congressional representatives on budget issues. The NPS cannot directly advocate for its budget. Given the current state of national leadership NPCA's roll is critically important.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What NPCA does for the citizens of our country and those who visit from afar cannot be explained in layman's terms. The beauty and majesty of our park systems speak for themselves. If you haven't visited our parks I urge you to do so, you will not be disappointed

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We enjoy our trips to all the National Parks. Keep up the good work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NPCA is one of my favorite charities. Working to protect our nation's assets is vital and important work for our country's future.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every time I visit a National Park I feel refueled! Growing up I took them, as many other natural wonders, for granted. I assumed people love nature as much as I do or as E.O. Wilson said "Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction."
As an adult I realized that is not necessarily the case, it takes a lot of effort to advocate for it. Knowing that NPCA is there to protect these treasures now and for generations to come is a great inspiration for me.
I am now living in California where John Muir once said "God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools." Education, awareness and advocacy is what we need and joining NPCA I feel part of this effort.
Lillian

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Perform a valuable service to protect our national parks.