National Park Foundation Christmas Newsletter

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National Christmas Tree Lighting event at Presidents Park

Ready to celebrate the 95th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at President’s Park (White House)? The National Park Foundation and the National Park Service co-present the program, filled to the brim with fantastic holiday musical performances and exciting special guests. Those who aren’t attending the event in person tomorrow can watch from home by tuning in to Hallmark Channel on December 4 at 7/6c. For more updates, follow @TheNationalTree on Twitter and #NCTL2017 on social media. A special thanks to Hallmark, GE Lighting, Hudler Tree Farms, The Madison (a Hilton Hotel), Washington Marriott at Metro Center, and Bounce for their generous support of the 2017 National Christmas Tree Lighting. For more information, visit www.thenationaltree.org.

50 Years Strong

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In 1967, a time when the Beatles reigned supreme and a movie ticket cost $1.25, an incredible thing came into being – the National Park Foundation. Half a century is no small feat for a nonprofit dedicated to fundraising on behalf of such a popular (and awesome) system, and we’ll be celebrating the profound work park supporters have made possible all year long.

Check out the incredible work we’ve accomplished over the years with your help, and join us as we gear up for the next 50 years of supporting our treasures and inheritance – our national parks. Party with us by following us on social media using #WeAreParks through this year-long celebration!

The Perfect Gift Guide for National Park Fans

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Looking for the perfect gift for the park enthusiast in your life? Our new holiday gift guide is filled with gift ideas for every price and age range. Best of all, these featured products help support the national parks, meaning the gifter can be considered both a generous friend and a philanthropist. Click here to peruse the list!

A Season for Giving

Thank you to all our donors for supporting our national parks! During this holiday season, we are continuing to honor our national parks through the 31 Days of Giving Campaign – kicking off on December 1. This year, we have a goal to raise $1,000,000 by December 31, so if you’d like to help us get an early start, please make your tax-deductible year-end donation now.

Your support helps protect America’s national parks, including natural wonders, cultural landmarks, and places where history was made. Your gift will help to care for the parks you love and sustain important projects in 2018. Enjoy this holiday season and don’t forget about the year ahead. Please make a generous donation today!

Get Your Free National Park Owner’s Guides

Make your national park experience better than ever. These FREE downloadable national park Owner’s Guides are filled with travel tips and inside information on what not to miss. It’s your one-stop resource to discover all your national parks! Download today.

Support Your Parks

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This holiday, show off your love for America’s national parks with Find Your Park gear!

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Make a difference for America’s treasured places – today, and for years to come.

6 Scenic Drives That’ll Make You Reach
for the Car Keys Right Now

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Long hikes in the fall or kayaking in the summer are two of the myriad of ways to enjoy the parks, but the glory of a simple scenic drive shouldn’t be overlooked. Hop in your car and head to any number of parks to spend a pleasant day cruising past breathtaking nature scenes. Whether tacked onto the return drive after a formidable hike, or simply a way to see the outdoors and get away from the daily grind, these six scenic drives make for lasting memories with friends or family in the comfort of your car.

We’re excited to once again partner with Subaru as we celebrate the 10th year of the Share the Love Event. Anyone who leases or buys a new Subaru now through January 2 can “share the love” for the parks by selecting the National Park Foundation as their charity of choice. In return, Subaru will donate $250 to the National Park Foundation for each purchase or lease — and that means that future generations will be able to enjoy these remarkable places for years to come.

Partners Protecting Parks

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As we celebrate our 50th anniversary this December, the National Park Foundation would like to thank our more than 50 corporate partners whose commitment to national parks help make our work possible. By providing financial support, sharing their expertise, and introducing new audiences to the national parks community, our corporate partners continue to play a critical role in supporting our mission. Check out our blog about corporate partners protecting national parks to learn more and discover which of your favorite companies love parks.

Ways to Support

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Your love of our national treasures knows no bounds. You love recounting the tales from your latest adventures to all who will hear and are eager to ensure national parks remain protected for future generations.

If you consider yourself a passionate park supporter and want to take the next step in proclaiming your love of parks, there is no shortage of ways to help.Whether you choose to volunteer, donate, visit, follow on social media, or tell a friend — there are countless ways to support national parks. Looking for inspiration? Head over to the blog for more ideas on how you can help!

Supporting the Success of Park Staff

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When calling to mind the image of a National Park Service employee, most people think of ranger-led tours they’ve joined, or rangers they met at visitor centers. The truth is: there’s a wide range of positions that help the system run! Their specialties range from marine biologists, to museum curators, to road and trail maintenance workers, to law enforcement professionals, and so much more.

Over the course of 2017, the National Park Foundation proudly supported dozens of NPS employees on their journey to personal and professional enrichment. Head over to the blog to see how a few of these scholarship recipients took advantage of the opportunity.

Last Call to “Share the Experience”

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It’s still not too late to enter photos from your recent national park trips in the 2017 Share the Experience Photo Contest. The National Park Foundation invites you to share your most inspiring, spectacular photos, now through December 31, for the chance to win amazing cash prizes, hotel stays and much more! One lucky winner will also have the chance to have his/her photo featured on the 2019 Federal Recreational Lands Pass.

Don’t miss out – submit your photos now at www.sharetheexperience.org!

How to Find – and Farm – Piscataway Park

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“Our vision is to showcase the future of sustainability with the world’s largest permaculture food forest.” To those unfamiliar with the work of the Accokeek Foundation at Piscataway Park, it may seem like Dr. Lisa Hayes, president and CEO, is describing rural farmland in the middle of the country – not a national park just outside the boundaries of our nation’s capital. But that is what makes the Accokeek Foundation’s National Food Forest (NFF) such an exciting project. Learn more about their work on our blog.

What We’re Thankful For

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Most visitors to the national parks would be hard-pressed to separate their favorite park memories from the incredible work of National Park Service employees. So, we loved reading the heartfelt messages we received from park visitors across the country when we asked them why they were thankful for the work NPS employees do. Read on to see some of these heartwarming messages of gratitude right in time for a season of thankfulness and good will.

Parks 101: Invasive Species

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A few extra trout and a patch of new trees may seem harmless enough at first glance, but don’t be fooled! Ecosystems are fragile and are easily thrown off balance with the introduction of non-native plants and animals. Find out about some of the invasive pests creating troubles for natural habitats across the National Park System. Then, learn about how you can help prevent further infestation!

This Month’s Quiz

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At what national park unit can visitors see an engineering marvel from a pre-agricultural society that required moving as much as 53 million cubic feet of soil (up to 5,300 million pounds)?

And congratulations to last month’s winner, Michelle Miller, from Douglasville, GA, who knew that east of the Mississippi, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, has the greatest number of natural arch formations.

Way to go, Michelle!

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