Making Connections

Making Connections

2023 Annual Report

Our Work

Our national parks are places for students to learn about wildlife, communities to connect, and future conservationists to discover their career path. The National Park Foundation (NPF) supports programs, projects, and partners that create unique experiences to ensure that all people can find their own connection to national parks.

By the Numbers


Students Connected to Parks


Hours Provided by Service Corps


Junior Rangers
Sworn In

Parks as Classrooms

From our culture and heritage to the wonderful recreational opportunities of our natural landscapes, parks provide a unique lens into our world. Building on a child’s innate curiosity about the world around them, NPF connects youth to the unparalleled resources within our parks and demonstrates the need to take care of these special places.

Parks for All

National parks are our shared inheritance — they belong to all of us, and it is our shared responsibility to ensure they continue to be preserved. NPF makes certain everyone can feel welcome and enjoy lifelong relationships with these public spaces by encouraging the creation and enhancement of communities’ connections to parks.

Communities & Movements

The power to protect our national parks is stronger when we work together. NPF supports programs and partner organizations to both engage communities with their local parks and leverage the collective power of motivated communities dedicated to a common goal — the preservation and enhancement of our national parks.


Whether working the trails or undertaking research for wayside exhibits, running and maintaining a national park site is no small feat. That’s why NPF supports programs that give park staff an extra hand — all while empowering young professionals with the opportunity to give back to parks and learn about the varied professional opportunities with the National Park Service.