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 and 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. 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?
Donations to Mount Rainier or the NPS may be made through online 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.