From a memory to a movement

The national parks represent the best of America — our rich natural, historical and cultural heritage. But without proper funding, our parks are in peril.

What’s at stake? Priceless memories — and the memories we haven’t yet made.

Let’s remind our leaders why parks matter. Share your park story now or remind yourself to share it later.

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On the day I took this picture, I brought a friend to visit the Grand Canyon for the first time. Rather than take him only to the touristy bits of the park, I took him to my favorite rock. It's a scramble down from the Desertview Tower, and then a bit of…

I was stationed in Hawaii twice in my military career and now reside on Oahu. I have been to the USS Arizona numerous times with visiting friends and family. The many upgrades to the visitor's center and visitor experience over the years is outstanding…

We love the parks especially Yellowstone and Teton. We go there at least once a year. Enjoy Jackson and Cody Wyoming. Now we have a larger motorhome and will enjoy the visits more

My visit to Fort Funston Growing up in San Francisco Fort Funston has loomed over the city my whole life. So when I say I’ve never actually been in the park means it I've taken it for granted. Everyone in my family has walked our dog in the park and I…

Growing up in New York City, I developed an early appreciation for the local park, Forest Park, in Queens. Famed landscape architect and Central Park creator Frederick Olmsted designed Forest Park's main drive on the eastern side of the park. It was ther…

The Maritime Nat'l Historic Park of San Francisco is a relaxing, quiet spot just blocks away from the bustle and noise of Fisherman's Wharf. Here I saw residents and tourists relaxing in the sun, either catching rays on the grass or wading in the histori…

Today is the last stop of my two-week vacation. I visited Arches National Park, the Island in the Sky at Canyonland, the Needles at Canyonland, the Grand Canyon's South Rim, the Grand Canyon's North Rim, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and lastly Rocky…

I grew up in Livingston, MT, just 64 miles south of there. Yellowstone has always been one of my favorite places to visit, and still is. It never gets old, but I have, and it is difficult to go as often as I would like. My family, children, gr…

During my 25 years living in Alaska, Denali was a once a year family tradition visit. We always enjoyed watching the animals and we loved being able to share with our friends and family visitors in additional visits.

I am a first generation undergraduate at San Francisco State University studying recreation, parks, and tourism. My passion for parks and open spaces has its roots planted in my childhood, where my family has spent quality time together playing and eatin…

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Outdoor adventures have always been a top priority in my life and with each new destination and exploration my soul grows that much closer to mother nature. I am currently an undergraduate at San Francisco State University studying Environmental Studies …

I first visited Canyonlands NP in 2009 with my girl scout troop and ultimately fell in love with the soaring blue sky, red landscape, and all of the beautiful scenery. I hadn't been to the Grand Canyon at that time but to me it was just as good! We spent…

NPCA's ParkScapes trip to Death Valley gave me the opportunity to experience this otherworldly place up close. I think that's the right word for it -- these are the mesquite sand dunes that served as locations on the planet Tatooine in the first Star War…

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I have visited Yellowstone several times and the magic never dulls for me. Last summer I even got a summer job( and I'm 48 years old !) just outside the park and spent virtually every day off exploring this amazing place. From Lamar to Hayden, Pelican V…

I recently visited for the first time the Rancho Corral de Tierra protected area, part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, located just south of the Devils Slide tunnel that runs along the coast on Highway 1 just south of San Francisco. The prot…

During my visit to Yosemite National Park, I had lots of fun. The beautiful trees towered above me, they felt like the tallest things in the world besides the gigantic mountains themselves. The glacier water extremely cold! When me and my brother were e…

My wife and I started our big five National Park tour in Utah a few years ago in Arches National Park. After hiking a number of small trails and seeing most of the highlights of the park throughout the day we decided to hike up and see delicate arch eve…

As an avid park lover, I felt I must pay homage to the “Father of the National Parks,” John Muir. I visited what was once his home and property in Martinez, CA, consisting of 9 acres of beautiful, green hills and fruit trees. It was in this house where…

It didn’t matter that we were lost, the scenery was so beautiful. My father stopped the car, and my sister and I got out to take pictures. It was a warm day, with a hint of a breeze. The scene in front of me looked like one of the puzzles my sister woul…

I promised myself I would share this amazing and inspiring story with the world about how we have both a privilege and duty associated with our national parks. Each one of us who has visited a national park and spent some time in one has felt the benefit…

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On my first visit to Point Reyes National Seashore, I decided to plan a solo hike to Wildcat. As I reached my destination, exhausted and anxious to set up camp, a still small voiced impressed upon me saying I should drop what I’m doing and continue onwar…

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If you look closely, you can see the life on this rock. But really, you can find life anywhere. When I went to Yosemite to conduct research on the biodiversity of macro invertebrates, I hadn’t expected to uncover so many different species hidden under …

I’ve lived in San Francisco for 4 years and never once went to the Presidio. Much of that is because I’m a student and between school, work and sleep I barely have enough time to get down a packet of Ramen never mind take an afternoon off to go to the p…

If I had not studied and got my master degree in U.S., I can hardly imagine travel to Caribbean and consider this area as a travel destination--and even twice! The first time I went to San Juan was last December, which was part of a Caribbean cruise. At …

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