• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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  • Nisqually to Paradise delays and Kautz Creek area closure.

    Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. Beginning May 29 to mid-July, all services at the Kautz Creek parking and picnic area are closed through the week. Limited parking on Sat & Sun. More »

  • Melting snow bridges and high streamflows create hazards for hikers, skiers, and snowshoers

    Be aware of hidden- and potentially fatal- hazards created by snow bridges and high streamflows on Mount Rainier. More »

Make a Donation

In addition to federal funding for the cost of daily operations and special projects, Mount Rainier National Park also receives important financial support in the form of donations. This comes directly from private donors as well as from our partnering non-profit organizations, Discover Your Northwest and Washington's National Park Fund.

Monetary donations are graciously accepted and directly benefit the park. Funds will be used for visitor services and safety, education programs, and projects that protect natural and cultural resources.

Our partner organizations accept donations on behalf of all parks which they serve. Discover Your Northwest funds projects at many sites on public lands throughout the Pacific Northwest; financial support is generated through the sale of memberships and merchandise sold online and at retail outlets in locations such as park visitor centers. Washington's National Park Fund serves as the official philanthropic partner to Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades National Parks. If you wish to make a general donation to our partner organizations, please visit their websites or contact them directly. If you'd like to donate specifically to Mount Rainier National Park through these organizations, specific pages on the websites for both DYNW and WNPF offer that option.

Some donors choose to contribute directly to Mount Rainier National Park without donating through one of our partner organizations. These donations may be monetary, or of other types such as property or objects that have historic value relative to Mount Rainier. For information on donating directly to Mount Rainier National Park, please contact the Park Superintendent's office at 360-569-6501, or e-mail us.

Please read this legal notice regarding payment of donations by check.

 
WA NP license plate

It's even possible to show your support for Washington's national parks on your vehicle! The Washington State Department of Licensing offers national park license plates for your automobile, trailer or motorcycle, with a portion of each sale benefiting Washington's National Park Fund. More information is available at their website. (Washington State residents only.)

Thank you for your interest in supporting Mount Rainier National Park!


 

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding donations:

Can I donate to specific programs or projects at Mount Rainier?
Yes! Many aspects of park operations are supported in part by donations. Please specify at the time of your donation if you wish to direct it toward a particular account. Here are some of the programs and projects at Mount Rainier which benefit from donor support:

  • volunteer program
  • connecting youth to parks
  • education outreach programs
  • wildlife species recovery
  • search-and-rescue/emergency services
  • climbing program
  • trail maintenance
  • meadow/wildflower restoration
  • historic preservation
  • flood recovery
  • climate change research
  • general donations to park operations

Can I donate directly to Mount Rainier National Park, without going through a partner organization?
Yes. If you choose, you may make a donation directly to the park, instead of contributing through one of our partner organizations (Discover Your Northwest or Washington's National Park Fund). Please contact the Superintendent's office for more information: 360-569-6501, or e-mail us.

Can I make a donation in-person on my next visit to Mount Rainier?
Yes! Donation boxes can be found at all park visitor centers. For larger donations, please contact the Park Superintendent's office for further information: 360-569-6501, or e-mail us.

Which forms of payment are accepted when donating?
Small cash donations are accepted in donation boxes at park visitor centers. All other donations may be sent to the following address (please make checks payable to "National Park Service"):

Mount Rainier National Park
ATTN: Superintendent's Office
55210 238th Ave. E.
Ashford, WA 98304

Can I make a general donation to the National Park Service (not to a specific park)?
Yes. If you are interested in donating to support the programs and activities of the National Park Service nationwide, general donations may be made through a nationwide charitable partner of the NPS, such as the National Park Foundation. Or to donate directly to the NPS, you may contact the Chief of the Office of Partnerships and Philanthropic Stewardship by phone (202-354-2150) or e-mail us; direct donations may be sent to:

Office of Budget Execution-Donations
National Park Service
1849 C St., NW
Washington, DC 20240

Checks should be made payable to "National Park Service".

What are some special ways in which I can make a donation?
Donors are developing stronger philanthropic interest in parks and see philanthropy as a personal statement about their values and beliefs. It is possible to make a donation to Mount Rainier or the NPS through: on-line giving, memorial gifts for living or deceased family or friends, wills and bequests, wedding party favors or gifts, Christmas gifts, etc. Please contact the Washington National Park Fund regarding donation options for national parks in Washington, or a national organization such as the National Park Foundation for similar options on a Service-wide basis.

What if I want to donate something other than money?
Instead of donating financially, many people are now choosing to give of themselves. Mount Rainier offers many opportunities for those who wish to donate their time and energy toward the betterment of their park. Please visit the webpage for our volunteer program to learn about the variety of options available.

The park may also accept other types of donations such as property or objects that have historic value relative to Mount Rainier. Items donated in the past include paintings, journals, photographs, and most recently, a 1937 Kenworth Touring Motor Coach. The Park Superintendent's office (360-569-6501; e-mail us) has further information and, if appropriate, can put potential donors in contact with the Park Curator.

Did You Know?

Visitor exploring the former Paradise Ice Caves.

For many years, the Paradise Ice Caves were a popular attraction at Mount Rainier. Until the 1980s, visitors could explore passages within the Paradise Glacier which had formed due to seasonal melting of the ice. By the early 1990s, climate change had melted away the last traces of the caves. More...