Climate Friendly Parks Program

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The Climate Friendly Parks (CFP) Program is one of many initiatives supporting the National Park Service (NPS) Green Parks Plan. The program provides parks with the tools and resources to address climate change and ensure the most sustainable operations across the agency.

National parks, because of their location and unique, protected resources, are places where the effects of climate change are particularly noticeable. With the establishment of the NPS in 1916, responsibility was give to the Service to preserve and protect the significant resources within parks for the enjoyment of current and future generations. Today, as knowledge about climate change and its effects increase and potential impacts are better understood, the need to practice good stewardship and develop forward thinking resource management plans is more relevant than ever.

The program provides national parks with comprehensive support to address climate change within park boundaries and within surrounding communities. The goals of the CFP Program include:

  • Measure park-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Educate staff, partners, stakeholders, and the public about climate change and demonstrate ways individuals and groups can take action to address the issue
  • Assist parks in developing strategies and specific actions to address sustainability challenges, reduce GHG emissions, and anticipate the impacts of climate change on park resources
Becoming a CFP Member Park

The CFP Program is structured around 4 Milestones. Upon successful completion of all milestones, a park becomes an official Member Park.

  • Milestone 1: Submit a CFP Application to express interest in the program and identify the park CFP team
  • Milestone 2: Complete a GHG Inventory to develop a baseline emissions inventory for park operations
  • Milestone 3: Conduct a CFP Workshop or webinar training to provide park staff, partners, and stakeholders with an educational opportunity to learn more about the potential impacts of climate change on park resources and discuss response strategies.
  • Milestone 4: Complete a CFP Action Plan or Comprehensive Environmental Management System to outline planned sustainability and climate change response actions as well as educational initiatives to help educate visitors.

National Park Service staff can learn more about how to become a CFP Member and begin the process today on the My Green Parks website.

CFP Member Parks

The CFP Program features more than 120 member parks from every region across the National Park Service. Many Climate Action Plans have been developed, and below you'll find a list of parks with finished Climate Action Plans. Active links feature direct downloads to the parks' plans in PDF format. Some documents are temporarily unavailable for direct download while we work to make them compliant with newly revised 2018 federal accessibility standards. Until then, please contact the NPS Sustainable Operations Branch if you need any information from a park's climate action plan in a format accessible to you: e-mail us.

You can also download the National Park Service Green Parks Plan [PDF].

Antietam National Battlefield
Big Cypress National Preserve
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area and Obed Wild & Scenic River
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Fort Matanzas National Monument
Catoctin Mountain Park
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park
Christiansted NHS, Salt River Bay NHP & Ecological Preserve, and Buck Island Reef NM
Congaree National Park
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
Devils Tower National Monument
Fort Smith National Historic Site
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Homestead National Monument of America
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Katmai National Park & Preserve
Mammoth Cave National Park
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Monocacy National Battlefield
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Nicodemus National Historic Site
Pea Ridge National Military Park
Petrified Forest National Park
Prince William Forest Park
Richmond National Battlefield Park
Rock Creek Park
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Scotts Bluff National Monument
Shenandoah National Park
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Bandelier National Monument
Big Hole National Battlefield
Boston Harbor Island National Recreation Area
Cabrillo National Monument
Cape Cod National Seashore
Channel Islands National Park
City of Rocks National Reserve
Crater Lake National Park
Craters of the Moon National Park and Preserve
Death Valley National Park
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Devils Postpile National Monument
Eugene O'Neil National Historic Site
Everglades National Park
Flagstaff Area Parks (Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument/Walnut Canyon National Monument/Wupatki National Memorial)
Fire Islands National Seashore
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Gateway National Recreation Area
George Washington Memorial Parkway
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Glacier National Park
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Grand Canyon (Parashant)
Grand Canyon National Park
Great Basin National Park
Haleakala National Park
Harpers Ferry National Historic Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Jewel Cave National Monument
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
John Muir National Historic Site
Joshua Tree National Park
Kalaupapa National Historic Park
Kenai Fjords National Park
Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Lewis and Clark National Historic Park
Manzanar National Historic Site
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
Minidoka National Historic Site
Mojave National Preserve
Mount Rainier National Park
Muir Woods National Monument
National Capital Parks East National Mall & Memorial Parks
New River Gorge National River
Nez Pierce National Historical Site
North Cascades National Park Complex
Olympic National Park
Oregon Caves National Monument
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Pinnacles National Monument
Point Reyes National Seashore
Puukohola Heiau National Historic Park
Redwood National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
San Juan Island National Historic Park
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Whitman Mission National Historic Site
World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
Yellowstone National Park
Yosemite National Park
Zion National Park

Last updated: June 20, 2018


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