Most of the traveling I’ve done has included trips to our Historic National Parks. I’ve made trips to Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier in Washington, Mount Hood in Oregon, Acadia National Park in Maine, and most recently Glacier National Park in Montana.
I’ve chosen to dedicate part of this blog to raise money for the National Park Foundation. The National Park Foundation supports over 400 National Parks which encompass over 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured ecosystems, landscapes, and historical sites.
“Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation is rooted in a legacy that began more than a century ago, when private citizens from all walks of life took action to establish and protect our national parks. Today, the National Park Foundation carries on that tradition as the only national charitable nonprofit whose mission is to directly support the National Park Service.”
NPS Mission – NPS’s mission is to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
- Philanthropy: We believe private resources are critical to embracing America’s national parks, monuments, historic places, and programs.
- Stewardship: We believe the national parks are treasured resources and that all Americans have a responsibility to understand, protect, and care for them.
- Outreach: We believe that by engaging people across all ages, races, and backgrounds that we will create the next generation of park supporters.
- Partnership: We value quality relationships and partnerships that best multiply direct, positive impacts to the National Park Service.
- Commitment to the National Park Service: We are dedicated to working jointly with the National Park Service, advancing mutually beneficial relationships built on trust, collaboration, and a shared vision for our national parks.
- Vitality: We make innovative investments and support activities that build a financially and perennially strong Foundation (NPF).
Accountability: We place a premium on carefully measuring and clearly communicating how our resources are being invested to support the NPF mission.
I love our National Parks, and I want to make sure that they’re not only protected by my generation, but for future generations, too. If you’d like to donate to the National Park Service, you can do so through their website.
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” – Gary Snyder