Get your walking shoes and water bottles ready: National Park Week kicks off on April 19! The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are proud to host the annual, presidentially proclaimed celebration of our incredible national parks.

National Park Week will take place on April 19-27 and invites visitors to “Go Wild” for history, nature, culture, wildlife, and fun in America’s national parks. No matter what your interest may be, the national parks will surely have something that piques your curiosity.

Need a few ideas on how to join the celebration? Here are five things you can do to join the party: 

Enjoy fee-free days in our national parks on April 19 and 20, and celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

Gaze up at the tallest trees in Sequoia National Park in California.

Challenge your mind by playing national park trivia with Junior Rangers at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio.

See the new Disneynature BEARS film April 18-24 and Disneynature will make a donation on your behalf to the National Park Foundation to protect wildlife & wild places!

Give back and support your national parks by joining the National Park Foundation and local park Friends groups.

For more exciting ideas and information about how you can “Go Wild” this National Park Week, visit nationalparksweek.org.

New Look.
Same Great Mission.
See BEARS and Support
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Win a Trip to Denali
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New Look. Same Great Mission.

If you’ve visited the website, engaged with us on social media, or taken a peek at our recent emails, you might have noticed something a little bit different about us. On March 24, the National Park Foundation unveiled a new look for the organization, officially adopting a graphic identity that underscores the incredible partnership between the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service.

Our new logo, along with the National Park Service’s similar new graphic, is the centerpiece of the upcoming 2016 National Park Service Centennial. The new designs complement – though they will not replace – the iconic arrowhead that has represented the National Park Service for sixty years and they expand the existing brand family to visually demonstrate the close partnership between our two organizations.   

In the coming months, we will share additional information about our preparations for the Centennial celebration. We look forward to setting out on this journey with you! To read more about the new look, visit our blog.

See BEARS and Support Your National Parks!

Filmed in several national parks on the Alaska Peninsula, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure, BEARS, comes to theatres this Friday, April 18! Watch the trailer now. And if you see BEARS during opening week, April 18-24, Disneynature will make a donation in your honor to the National Park Foundation to support conservation efforts focused on wildlife protection, habitat restoration, and conservation research and education in our national parks. Potential projects include protecting American black bears in Bryce Canyon National Park, restoring Ravensford Wetland for the wildlife in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and helping protect wildlife movement corridors in Yosemite National Park.

Buy your tickets now and help support your parks!

Win a Trip to Denali National Park

In celebration of National Park Week, NPF has teamed up with Globus and Alaska Airlines on the National Park Week Getaway Giveaway, an opportunity for you and a guest to win a 7-day, all-inclusive trip to Alaska. This exciting exploration of America’s last frontier includes a scenic railroad journey from Anchorage, to Denali National Park, to Fairbanks, as well as round-trip transportation on Alaska Airlines. Enter to win today!


Five More Ways to Give Back With BEARS

Here are five more ways to celebrate BEARS and support your national parks at the same time:

Wear a BEARS-inspired pendant by acclaimed jewelry designer Alex Woo and 20% of your purchase will benefit the National Park Foundation. The pendants are eco-friendly and available in sterling silver and 14kt gold.

Style your devices with a limited edition BEARS iPad or iPhone DODOcase and 20% of your purchase will benefit NPF.

Download Olivia Holt’s new hit song, “Carry On” (from BEARS), and a portion will be donated to the National Park Foundation.

Play Club Penguin with your kids and unlock a limited-edition bear costume. For every bear costume unlocked during the month of April, Club Penguin will donate a portion to the National Park Foundation, up to $50,000.

Take home a BEARS plush toy and the Disney Store and Disney Parks will donate $1 to NPF.

Get Up, Get Out, and Get Active!

National Park Week is a great time to get active on trails at your nearest national park! NPF’s Active Trails program promotes healthy lifestyles while also protecting and enhancing precious land and water resources. This innovative program invites volunteers, community groups, corporate partners, students, and educators to get involved through hands-on trail work, citizen science, formal and informal learning activities, special events, and community activities.

River Raisin National Battlefield Park, a second year participant of the Active Trails program, held two large-scale community events to engage visitors in healthy activities. The first event, a celebration of the Liberation of Frenchtown and the official opening of their new Mason Run Loop Trail, a mile long trail which runs along a historic route, was attended by over 3,000 people. A second event, a half marathon race benefitting local Special Olympics programs, was attended by 485 people. As a result of the Active Trails grant, River Raisin National Battlefield Park raised $31,000 in additional funds and in-kind support. A park representative remarked, “Without the initial grant from The Coca Cola Foundation through the National Park Foundation, this additional support would not have happened.”

River Raisin National Battlefield Park was one of 22 parks that participated in the program last year and had incredible results getting community members outdoors and active in parks, deepening connections with local communities, strengthening partnerships, and inspiring the next generation of park visitors and supporters. Supported by Coca-Cola and The Coca-Cola Foundation, the program reached 27,000 individuals last year through 233 events and activities!

To learn more about other NPF programs and how you can support them, click here.

Plant a Tree at Flight 93

The third annual Plant a Tree at Flight 93 reforestation event will take place at the Flight 93 National Memorial during National Park Week 2014. As part of the memorial’s design landscape, some 150,000 new trees will be planted, creating a living memorial honoring the forty men and women of Flight 93.

Approximately 400 volunteers are signed up to work together in teams to plant a total of 20,000 seedlings at the memorial over two days, April 25-26, 2014. These new trees, all native species specifically adapted to the climate and soil conditions of a reclaimed coal mine, will be planted over 30 acres along the eastern edge of the memorial’s Field of Honor. As they mature, these trees will serve as windbreakers and buffers to protect the 40 Memorial Groves.

The National Park Foundation, working alongside the National Park Service and the Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial, is proud to partner with several sponsoring organizations for the 2014 edition of Plant a Tree at Flight 93, including Alcoa Foundation, Arbor Day Foundation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, and The UPS Foundation.

To learn more about the Flight 93 National Memorial or to make a contribution to support reforestation and other critical needs of the memorial, click here.

Thank-A-Mom Is Back, Send an E-card for NPF!

For the fourth year in a row, the National Park Foundation is participating in Macy’s Thank-A-Mom campaign, which invites you to send fun e-cards to all the moms in your life and support a great cause at the same time! For each e-card sent, Macy’s will donate $2 to one of five mom-approved charities, including the National Park Foundation, up to $400,000!

Starting on April 28, please support your parks by sending e-cards to all the moms in your life. Sending an e-card is super easy:

  1. “Like” Macy’s Facebook page.
  2. Select the “Thank-A-Mom” tab.
  3. Follow the steps to send your cards via Facebook or email. And be sure to select the National Park Foundation as your favorite charity.

What a great way to make a mom’s day!

Friends of Independence National Historical Park

The early history of the United States is celebrated at many of the sites within the National Park Service, including Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, home to Independence Hall, the very place where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. The Liberty Bell, housed in the building next to Independence Hall, stands as a symbol of our nation’s fight for freedom and the fight against slavery. While the site commemorates the past, Friends of Independence National Historical Park are very much focused on the present, hosting a vibrant membership program and exciting learning opportunities for Philadelphians and visitors alike. 

As the first Friends group in the National Park Service, the Friends of Independence National Historical Park (established in 1972) has provided support to the park, including purchasing and/or acquiring over 1,000 artifacts for the park’s permanent collection, and more recently, starting the Adopt an Artifact program which allows donors to help support the conservation of artifacts that are both historical and important educational tools. Every summer, the Friends host popular daily Twilight Tours led by volunteer guides, some of who have led the program since its start over 35 years ago. Recently, they have started a Young Friends group who is putting a unique “Philadelphistorian” twist on networking and engaging the next generation of stewards by having fun while learning about the history of their city. On June 29, the Friends will host their 3rd annual Freedom 5K race with 500 runners anticipated in a celebration of the past that is very much in the present. 

 “Like” the Friends on Facebook – they’re just shy of 1,000 fans! – and visit their website to learn more!

White House Easter Eggs Are Back

NPF sells the official White House Easter Eggs to help support the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Held in President’s Park, on the South  Lawn – one of our 401 national parks – the White House Easter Egg Roll is a long-standing American tradition. The official White House Easter Eggs celebrate the day and serve as festive Easter gifts and decorations. Learn more and order your set today.

Air Wick's National Park Spring Collection

Bring home the experience of a national park with Air Wick’s Limited Edition National Park Collection. Over the past two years, funding from the Air Wick National Park Collection has helped NPF restore hundreds of miles of waterways and trails across the country, enabled 60,000 students to experience a national park, and helped teachers in all 50 states embrace national parks as centers for active learning.

The spring 2014 collection features three new scents inspired by our national parks – Channel Islands, Biscayne, and Yosemite. The National Park Collection from Air Wick hopes to inspire families to experience our parks first-hand and begin a lifelong relationship with America’s most treasured places. To learn more about the inspiration behind the spring 2014 Limited Edition National Park Collection, click here.

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The Trumpeter Swan, the largest bird in North America (weighing in at 20-30 pounds!) calls which national park home?

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And congratulations to last month's winner, Kathy Borrell, from Cochranville, PA, who knew that the French called Badlands National Park, les mauvaises terres à traverse.

Way to go, Kathy!

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