National Park Service

Did You Know?

Every $1 invested in a national park generates $4 for our economy, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.

Dubbed “America’s best idea,” our national parks offer an escape into the wild, a place to explore nature, and so much more.  We’re proud to help the National Park Service protect and expand this legacy.

The National 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.

We have worked with the Park Service on nearly 200 projects to protect land at many types of properties, including the ones listed below. 

Stehekin At Lake Chelan National Recreation Area Stehekin on Lake Chelan, Washington State

Stehekin is a small, remote settlement within the 62,000-acre Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.  Permanent residents number less than 100, but it is Stehekin’s size and remote location that make it so popular with visitors. Despite being accessible only by foot, boat or… Read More

Little River Canyon Waterfall at Little River Canyon

Clean and wild, the Little River in northeast Alabama is America’s longest mountaintop river, cutting through the deepest canyon east of the Mississippi. Travel along the 11-mile scenic drive on the west rim, and you can stop at overlooks to… Read More

Blue Ridge Parkway Blue Ridge Parkway

As one of the most visited units of the National Park Service (NPS), the Blue Ridge Parkway welcomes more than 17 million visitors each year. Travelers enjoy the parkway’s nearly 470 miles of twists and turns through the mountain landscape connecting… Read More

San Juan National Historic Park San-Juan-Island_Katie-and-Ian_flickr_390x260

Located just a short ferry ride or flight away from mainland Washington, the beautiful San Juan Islands are a favorite destination for kayakers, hikers, whale watchers and other outdoor enthusiasts. San Juan Island National Historical Park, found on San Juan Island,… Read More

Delaware’s “First State National Monument” Woodlawn property, future National Park

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

Petrified Forest National Park Petrified-Logs_NPS_390x260

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

Wind Cave National Park Buffalo jump at Wind Cave National Park

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

Big Thicket National Preserve Trail at Big Thicket, Texas

Renowned as the “biological crossroads of North America,” Big Thicket is a remarkable mix of southeastern swamps, eastern deciduous forest, central plains, pine savannas and dry sandhills. There are 10 distinct ecosystems within the nearly 106,000-acre preserve that are home… Read More

Haleakala National Park Kaupo Gap at Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

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

Kobuk Valley National Park Caribou crossing the Kobuk RIver in Alaska

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

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park Dillon Pinnacles Black Canyon Gunnison

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

Mesa Verde National Park Cliff Palace At Mesa Verde NP in Colorado/Photo: Martha Smith, NPS

President Theodore Roosevelt established Mesa Verde National Park more than 100 years ago, protecting historic cliff dwellings and other archaeological treasures left by the  Ancestral Puebloans, who lived in the area from about A.D. 550 to 1300.  The park contains… Read More

Fort Davis National Historic Site Fort Davis Texas

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

Japanese-American Internment Camp Preservation Initiative: Minidoka Barracks at Minidoka Japanese Internment Camp

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

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Focus On Gettysburg Gettysburg Battlefield

Gettysburg National Military Park commemorates the Battle of Gettysburg, known as a turning point in the Civil War and, with 51,000 casualties, its bloodiest conflict. More than 1.2 million people visit each year to learn about the three-day battle and… Read More

Civil War Battlefield Conservation: Focus on Antietam Bloody Lane, Antietam

Known as the bloodiest single day battle in the Civil War, the Battle of Antietam took place on September 17, 1862 over 12 square-miles. More than 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing during the battle. Since our founding,… Read More

Lewis And Clark National Historical Park Image of Fort Clatsop, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park

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

Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

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