At A Glance
- Every dollar in taxpayer money spent on National Parks returned four dollars in economic benefit through tourism and private sector spending.
They are considered a national legacy and a national treasure. America’s national parks protect our country’s majestic landscapes and historic lands. They provide the adventurous an escape into the wild and offer families the opportunity to explore and learn about nature. We’re proud to help the National Park Service protect and expand this legacy.
The park service manages more than 84 million acres of land, including at least 50 national parks, 74 national monuments, 24 battlefields and military parks and 18 national preserves. It also oversees sites on the National Register of Historic Places and sites considered National Historic Landmarks and National Trails. The Fund and NPS have worked together to protect millions of acres of land across the country.
The Obama Administration designated the First State National Monument in Delaware on March 25, 2013. Finally, more than 140 years after America’s first national park was created, all 50 states are represented in our park system. The new monument includes… Read More
A rugged landscape that attracts hikers and campers who like a challenge, Gunnison National Park is known for its canyon, river and dramatic rock formations, known as the Dillon Pinnacles. In 2003, we protected a nearly 1,500-acre inholding in partnership… Read More
Arizona’s Petrified Forest is famous for its expansive vistas—stark moon-like landscapes and the colorful eroding badlands of the Painted Desert—and the rainbow hues of large petrified trees found throughout the park. Once a lush landscape of trees and riverways, the… Read More
In 2011, the Fund worked with the National Park Service to add more than 5,500 acres to Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. Considered a sacred place by the Lakota, Wind Cave is one of the longest and most… Read More
With its balmy weather, pristine beaches and breathtaking views of volcanoes, Hawaii is a place to escape to, a place to explore. It’s also a place to protect. The Conservation Fund has worked with the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and… Read More
Every year, Alaska’s Western Arctic caribou herd migrates across a third of the state, including Kobuk Valley National Park. This remarkable herd, with nearly half a million caribou, crisscrosses sculpted sand dunes, breaks trails through the tundra and swims across the Kobuk River… Read More
The Fund protects the landscapes that define America’s history. That’s why we worked with a group of partners to protect lands around Fort Davis National Historic Site in Texas. Although many of the original buildings and most of the surrounding landscape… Read More
Every summer, millions of tourists descend upon southern New Jersey’s Cape May peninsula for a bit of rest and relaxation. But beginning in the fall, when the crowds move out, a new set of visitors flock to the area: hundreds… Read More
In 2006, the Fund and the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced the establishment of State Game Lands 93 by protecting 100 acres located immediately north of the Flight 93 National Memorial. The Fund and our partners are ensuring that these lands are preserved in solemn… Read More
We’ve worked for more than a decade to help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquire lands for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. To date, we’ve saved nearly 8,000 acres at the refuge; but conservation at Blackwater is about more than… Read More
At the start of World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, authorizing the forced relocation and incarceration of Japanese-Americans to internment camps. About 120,000 people were interned during the war; families were forced to leave their… Read More
Over 400 years ago, Captain John Smith arrived in the New World—and changed it forever. In addition to helping found Jamestown, the first permanent American settlement, Smith became the first English explorer to map the Chesapeake Bay. He and his… Read More
In 2003, in honor of the bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Fund embarked on a major campaign to commemorate this legendary journey by protecting open space, river corridors and resources associated with the passage. Through our Lewis… Read More