Why parks matter

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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This museum house near the U.S. Capitol reminds us of the savvy organizing and courageous demonstrations waged by suffragettes to achieve voting rights for women. The slogans on the banners displayed throughout the house hold true today.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial was totally worth visiting! The views were great and the presidents' heads were amazing!! Hope I can visit this awesome place again!

While at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island this summer, I spoke with a representative from the NPCA. We talked about the much needed funds for National Park maintenance. A few days later I found myself exploring Acadia National Park with my wife.…

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My husband and I have had the pleasure of visiting a majority of the US National Parks over the years. What an amazing place, each and every one of them. We currently reside in E TN and owned a house in Gatlinburg. We sold the house before the wildfire a…

We have made 2 trips to Yellowstone Park, each with its own unique experiences. Out 2nd trip was strictly in the northern end of the park, where it was less crowded. Driving through Lamar Valley during dusk was the best. We saw hundreds of bison! The…

I was traveling in the area on business and decided to take "the long way" (through Rocky Mountain National Park) to my next stop. It was just what I needed during a stressful work trip. The beautiful scenery and mountains soothed my soul. As I drove bac…

As a summer intern in Washington D.C. working with NPCA, I got several opportunities to drive down to Shenandoah and experience my first eastern park (I'm a native West Coast-er) in many different ways. I drove along Skyline Drive with other NPCA interns…

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My family decided to go on vacation together for the first time in a long time, and in the end we decided to go to Glacier National Park. My parents had gone many years ago and wanted me to have a chance to experience the Park, as they feared the glacier…

A beautiful drive from Las Vegas to Zion. Just a day trip so we did not have to time to hike. But the drive through the park was breathtakingly beautiful.

Visiting Ruby Beach last week on a 10 day National Park trip that took us to Olympic, North Cascades and Mount Ranier National Parks. These were 21, 22 and 23 marked off of our National Park bucket list!!! Almost half way to visiting all of the parks...t…

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Of all the places I have ever been, Big Bend is where I feel most at home. Being there fills my heart with joy and my soul with peace. Hot as it is, I wish I was there right now.

We have made a commitment to take our granddaughters to all 417 of the the National Park Units (as of the Jan 2017 list) during their middle school years. We are into year 2 and we are over 200! This week we traveled to Maine to explore one of the newe…

Great Sand Dunes in Colorado took my breath away both figuratively and literally (we live near the Texas coast). The dunes are a true wonder with their tan soaring peaks in contrast to the surrounding jagged mountains. I love this place. It's unlike anyp…

In 2016 I was awarded an artist residency at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. I painted on location for two weeks at the park. I was hosted by wonderful staff and rangers. The landscape was unlike any I had painted before at other National Park …

Morning Ride By Tonya McQuade, July 19, 2017 As I climbed on to the saddle, I felt my heart flutter With eager anticipation. A morning ride on horseback Through the Grand Tetons Was definitely something I had been looking forward to, And now, on this b…

Our trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, a trip our family will never forget: the beautiful snow capped peaks in early June, the snow filled trails, the roads carved through 12-foot snow banks, the thick snowy tundra, the clear mountain air, cold mounta…

This is a beautiful sacred space that commemorates Custer's Last Stand and contributes to an understanding of the Lakota and other Plains Indian tribes. I was reminded of the savage atrocities committed against indigenous peoples during the founding of t…

On top of (half) the world! This group of misfit city slickers trusted me to cheerlead them up one of the most demanding and incredible hikes in all of the National Parks, Half Dome, in a single day's effort. It was grueling, rewarding, inspiring, and no…

In memory of my beloved husband, Richard J. Rohde, with whom I visited so many national parks during our 45 years together. His deepest love (pardon the pun) was the Grand Canyon, followed closely by Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Arches, Zion, and Bryce. …

It all began with an arduous backpacking trip through Yellowstone when I was 18. I thought I my heart would burst from exhaustion! We were eaten alive by mozzies and had to stay in our tent for almost an entire day, due to torrential rains and hail. Then…

Acadia National Park was the first park I ever visited. I saw trails that were carved for horse and buggies. I saw amazing views of the mountains and sea. I visited Everglades National Park and was amazed at how diverse things were. I visited Yosemite …

Every park has a story. We were expecting a story about Joshua trees and other desert life. We were pleasantly surprised by the story of the prospector's seeking their wealth in the park and also the geology of the park and convergence of the Sonoran and…

About a year ago, we started hiking in the park and it has opened our minds and hearts so much. Something about being alone with your thoughts in the park makes you come out refreshed - body, mind and soul. Hiking these trails has helped us release the s…

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Loved big parks when we first arrived to the US. Our stepfather, Royal R. Coryell had gorgeous photos of Redwoods and took us to many national parks.

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