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Renewing Our National Park Promise
Gerald R. Ford was the only U.S. president to work as a park ranger.

The National Parks Conservation Association

"I think we’re better as a people if we understand our full history. It helps us not just in looking back at who we’ve been, but in looking forward to decide who we want to be. We must continue to expand the park system to mirror the changing demographic of our country and tell America’s story."

— Clark Bunting, NPCA President and CEO

We believe that America's national parks and historical sites embody the American spirit. They are windows to our past, homes to some of our rarest plants and animal species, and places where every American can go to find inspiration, peace, and open space.

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But these living, breathing monuments to our nation's history, culture, and landscape need care and support to overcome the many dangers that threaten to destroy them forever. At the National Parks Conservation Association, we work every day to ensure our national parks get that vital care and support.

NPCA plays a crucial role in ensuring that these magnificent lands and landmarks are protected in perpetuity:

  • We advocate for the national parks and the National Park Service; 
  • we educate decision makers and the public about the importance of preserving the parks; 
  • we help to convince members of Congress to uphold the laws that protect the parks and to support new legislation to address threats to the parks; 
  • we fight attempts to weaken these laws in the courts; 
  • and we assess the health of the parks and park management to better inform our advocacy work.

"The most important thing I've learned from being involved with NPCA is that a single person can and does make a difference."

--Bernadette Laqueur, NPCA Volunteer

In more than 90 years, we have grown to represent a million members and supporters through our DC headquarters and 24 regional and field offices, all working to "protect and enhance America's National Park System for present and future generations."

We invite you to become part of the NPCA family. Together, we can protect our national parks for this generation and those that come after.

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Our members and supporters understand the importance of our work and help to make our work successful. We are the voice of our members, but they give us the power to speak on behalf of the parks, and that is important for us to remember.



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