#WeAreParks: Celebrate the National Park Foundation’s 50th!

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The National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, is celebrating its 50th year in 2018, kicking off on December 18, 2017, the 50th anniversary of the congressional charter establishing the organization. For half a century, the foundation’s programs and initiatives have been crucial in advancing the NPS mission. Join us in celebrating this invaluable partnership!


The theme for the NPF 50th birthday is #WeAreParks, because the entire parks community plays an important role in helping to ensure parks and programs thrive!

How to Participate

Here are some ideas for how to engage with these initiatives and align your activities with the ongoing Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque messaging...

Social Media:

  • To kick off the #WeAreParks campaign, we are encouraging parks and programs to update their Facebook and Twitter cover photos for the week of December 18 with an image to say Happy Birthday to the National Park Foundation. Email us to receive a toolkit with more information, graphics, and resources to help you with this!
  • Share examples of your projects involving the National Park Foundation and local philanthropic partner(s).
  • Inspire people to #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque by posting questions about lesser-known parks, sites, stories, and experiences and also expanding beyond your park/program to draw connections to other parks/programs helping to show people that we are part of a large and diverse parks community.
  • Have a little friendly fun and inspire people to #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque by offering some trivia.

Activities and Content (for your website, social media, and other platforms):

  • Create a short video…
    • wishing the National Park Foundation a happy 50th year;
    • describing a project supported by the National Park Foundation;
    • thanking the National Park Foundation and local philanthropic partner(s) for their support.
  • Create #WeAreParks content (a short video, article, or blog)...
    • about how philanthropy and volunteering support parks;
    • about what the #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque idea means to you and why you’re thankful to join with the entire National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to continue inspiring people to explore lesser-known sites, stories, and experiences and discover the breadth and depth of the National Park System.
  • Consider collaborating with the National Park Foundation and/or local philanthropic partner(s) on a panel discussion/roundtable about the power of partnership, philanthropy, and/or volunteering.
  • Coordinate with the National Park Foundation and/or local philanthropic partner(s) to host a tour highlighting a restoration project or program funded by private philanthropy to raise awareness about how to support parks.

For additional examples of the National Park Foundation’s support, please contact Alanna Sobel at asobel@nationalparks.org.

Learn about the other 2018 NPS Mini-Campaigns!

Last updated: December 12, 2017