How Donations Help OUR National Parks!

nat parkslogoCarolyn Hill, Director of National Parks Grants and Programs, recently shared how your donations help fund project grant requests from park rangers. As you may remember, one of my goals this year is to ‘pay it forward’ each week, and I chose that one week of each month will be for our National Parks. I can’t afford a huge donation, but I know any is a help.

From across the national park system, these rangers requests represent programs and projects that protect critical ecosystems, connect people to a moment in American history, and inspire teachers and students to become great environmental stewards for the parks.

Donors have recently helped fund projects like:

black_canyon_0Gunnison National Park: Wildlife and human safety was improved in the Black Canyon of Gunnison National Park with implementation Black Bear Management Plan, a cooperative using funds to purchase and install bear-proof food lockers in developed campgrounds and provide educational materials to park visitors.

apostle_islandsApostle Islands National Lakeshore: Here a grant allowed for the installation of upgraded lighting fixtures as part of the park’s commitment to sustainable energy management.

mammoth_caveMammoth Cave National Park: With the support of tax-deductible donations, we were able to help reintroduce 150 Kentucky Coffeetrees into their historic native habitat at Mammoth Cave National Park. The Kentucky Coffeetree is a rare tree in North America due to over-harvesting and loss of habitat. Planting these trees will ensure continued growth of this species.

rocky_mountainDonations are also helping to expand the number of high schools in western Maryland involved in the Citizen Scientist Water Quality Monitoring Program at the C&O Canal and are empowering “Green Stewards” to design alternative energy systems for structures in Rocky Mountain National Park.

With your support this year, I know the Foundation will be able to expand funding for programs that continue to protect, connect and inspire throughout our national parks.

 

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25 Responses to How Donations Help OUR National Parks!

  1. Rebekah says:

    It had never occurred to me to donate to the national parks. Perhaps that’d even be a great thing to set up instead of receiving gifts on holidays.
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  2. I am all for saving our national parks. Their beauty is a treasure and SHOULD be preserved at all costs.
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  3. Jen V says:

    We have enjoyed visiting many of our national parks. This is a great reminder that we should all do our part to help support them!
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  4. I live only a few hours from Mammoth Cave but haven’t been there. I’ve heard it’s really cool, so I need to plan a trip there soon!
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  5. Trisha says:

    This is a great cause to contribute to, It’s so important that we preserve our National Parks and educate future generations! I hope and pray that they get many contributions!
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  6. mer says:

    we do so many trips cross country to national parks (and some locally too) – it’s totally worth every cent donated!
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  7. Lexie Lane says:

    I thought nature pretty much took care of itself. I didn’t realize all the extra that could be done. Shows you how much I know, right? This is incredible.

  8. All great project requests! Totally worth a donation!
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  9. Danielle says:

    I just love seeing how these donations are being put to such good use!
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  10. Shauna says:

    That is awesome… I actually always wondered about that… I have seen donation boxes upon entering one near our home

  11. Pam says:

    Whenever we visit Cades Cove in The Smoky Mountains, we always donate and buy from the gift shop run by the park rangers!
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  12. I was a volunteer for National Parks and did a lot of Spanish and Portuguese translations you now see in the Parks! Thank you for sharing this!
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  13. I LOVE our national parks so, so, so much. I’m so grateful for all these donations to keep them running!
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  14. Like several of your readers, I never thought about donating to a national park.
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  15. Aly Mashrah says:

    These parks are amazing! It’s so important to keep them running and every little it helps.
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  16. I think we so often take the national parks for granted and don’t realize we need to take care of them. So glad you shared this, thanks!
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  17. Sandra says:

    love, love, love this!! Thank you, we all need to give more to things like this.
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  18. I never thought about the importance of donations to our national parks before!
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  19. I’m making more of an effort this year to visit our local parks. They’re such an important and valuable resource, but easy to forget about!
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  20. Dawn says:

    As a person who lives near the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I appreciate everything that people and companies do to help conserve both national parks and other beautiful, scenic areas. We vacation in the Great Smoky Mountains often because they are absolutely gorgeous and full of furry creatures. :)

  21. Donating to national parks is something that always slips my mind.
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  22. Lisa Jones says:

    I Love All Our Beautiful Parks Well Worth The Donation!!
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  23. pretty pics, I would love to take my kids to Yellowstone park someday myself.
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  24. Debi says:

    I love the national parks. I plan vacations so I can see them.
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  25. Nicole Brady says:

    I’ve started a series called “Philanthropic Fridays” where I post on the last Friday of each month with ideas for giving. I’ve never even thought about the national parks as an option! Thank you!
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