Frequently Asked Questions

 The National Parks Conservation Association
What is the National Parks Conservation Association?
What does NPCA do?
What is the difference between NPCA, the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation?
Where is NPCA located?
How do I contact NPCA?
How can I become a member?
What are membership benefits?
How do I renew or let you know about a change of address?
How do I subscribe to National Parks magazine?
Are my contributions to NPCA tax-deductible?
What is NPCA's federal tax ID number?
How can I find out about jobs at NPCA?

National Parks
What are national parks?
What problems do the national parks face?
What can I do to help?
Can I purchase a National Parks Pass from NPCA?


The National Parks Conservation Association
What is the National Parks Conservation Association?
We are an independent, nonpartisan voice working to address major threats facing the National Park System. NPCA was established in 1919, just three years after the National Park Service. Stephen Mather, the first director of the Park Service, was one of our founders. He felt very strongly that the national parks would need an independent voice—outside the political system—to ensure these places remained unimpaired for future generations. We have a million members and supporters. In addition to our national headquarters in Washington, D.C., NPCA has 24 regional and field offices around the country. Our mission: to protect and enhance America’s National Park System for present and future generations.

What does NPCA do? 
NPCA works to address major threats facing the National Park System by gathering the information we need through our two centers, Center for Park Management and Center for Park Research, by keeping our eyes and ears to the ground in 11 regional and 12 field offices, and by developing relationships on Capitol Hill and in the administration to counter legislation or policies that would adversely affect the parks. We also pursue solutions in the courts when other avenues fail us.

top

What is the difference between NPCA, the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation? 
NPCA is the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing the National Park System, the largest and most diverse park system in the world. It is the only independent membership organization dedicated to protecting the park system. NPCA and its members and supporters are committed to preserving our nation’s natural, cultural, and historical heritage.

The National Park Service was created by an Act of Congress in 1916 to preserve the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. An agency of the Department of the Interior, the Park Service manages 401 sites, including national parks, monuments, battlefields, seashores, and preserves.

The National Park Foundation was chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1967 and is the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. Through private funding and corporate partnerships, the Park Foundation provides grants for park programs and projects. The Secretary of the Interior serves as chairman of the board, and the director of the National Park Service serves as secretary to the board.

top

Where is NPCA located? 
Our LEED gold-certified headquarters is in Washington, D.C. We have offices in Anchorage, AK; Exton, PA; Chicago, Illinois; St. Paul, Minnesota, New York, NY; Bozeman, MT; Livingston, MT, Whitefish, MT; Jackson, WY; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; Joshua Tree, CA; Barstow, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Knoxville, TN; Salt Lake City, UT; Denver, CO, Hollywood, FL; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX.

NPCA's Washington, D.C., staff has moved to a more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly building in the city's Gallery Place-Chinatown neighborhood. The 800.NAT.PARK (800.628.7275) number will remain unchanged for those needing assistance with membership and other items, and our online address remains www.npca.org. The new physical address is:

National Parks Conservation Association
777 6th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20001-3723 

top 

How do I contact NPCA? 
Please feel free to email us at npca@npca.org, call us at 800.628.7275, or write to us at 777 6th St. NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20001.

How can I become a member? 
You can join NPCA online or by calling 800.628.7275 and asking for our member services department.

What are membership benefits?
Our membership benefits include an award-winning quarterly magazine, National Parks; our exclusive travel information kit, which includes maps, a road atlas, park guides, and more; and discounts on NPCA publications and merchandise.

top

How do I renew or let you know about a change of address? 
We will send you renewal notices before your membership expires. You can return the renewal form with a check or credit card number, renew online, or call us at 800.628.7275.

To inform us of a change of address, you may email us at npca@npca.org or call 800-628-7275. Please have your NPCA membership ID number ready. It is located on the NPCA membership card as well as above the name on the mailing label of National Parks magazine.

How do I subscribe to National Parks magazine?
 
For just $15, you can subscribe online or by calling our member services department at 800-628-7275.

top

Are my contributions to NPCA tax-deductible? 
NPCA is a 501(c)(3) and contributions are deductible for federal income tax purposes. All but $6, which covers an annual subscription to National Parks magazine, and the $5.95 retail value of the free welcome gift, if any, when you join are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

What is NPCA's federal tax ID number? 
NPCA's tax ID number is 53-0225165.

How can I find out about jobs at NPCA? 
Our job openings are posted online

top

National Parks
What are national parks?
 
The U.S. National Park System contains 401 units, which highlight and protect our natural, historic, and cultural treasures. The world's first national park, Yellowstone, was established in 1872. The National Park Service, the agency that oversees the park system, was created in 1916. Today, national parks cover more than 83 million acres and can be found in every state except Delaware, as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The largest park is Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve which covers 13.2 million acres in Alaska. At .02 acres, Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial in Pennsylvania is the smallest.

For more detailed information about units in the National Park System please visit our "Explore the Parks" web feature.

top 

What problems do the national parks face? 
Although the National Park Service strives to safeguard our national parks, many of the 401 sites suffer from a variety of problems. Insufficient funding is the single greatest threat facing the parks. Some of the nation’s parks have some of the worst air in the country, even though our laws say they should have the cleanest. And, parks are such attractive places to live and work that commercial and other development threatens to overwhelm some of our most cherished lands with subdivisions and commercial development.

What can I do to help?
There are many ways you can help protect national parks.

  • Support NPCA's efforts by becoming a member.
  • Explore our Web site to learn more about the parks and the problems they face.
  • Take action by sending a letter to the President, members of Congress, and other decision makers to reduce threats to the natural, cultural, and historical treasures contained in our parks.
  • Subscribe to Park Lines, NPCA's electronic newsletter, which will keep you informed about the latest news and action items regarding federal funding for parks; pollution, global warming, energy, and development threats to parks; congressional legislation to expand or create new national parks, and other critical national park issues.
      

Can I purchase a National Parks Pass from NPCA?
Due to changes in the National Parks Pass program, passes must now be purchased from participating federal agencies. Click here to purchase your parks pass from USGS.

top

If you have any additional questions, feel free to explore our website, email us at npca@npca.org, or call 800-628-7275.

Close

Want to learn more about the  ?

The   can be seen in the wild in America’s national parks. Why not join the National Parks Conservation Association community to protect and preserve our national parks?

Sign up to protect parks in   & other states

Why not join the National Parks Conservation Association Community to protect and preserve our national parks?

Sign up to protect   and other National Parks

Why not join the National Parks Conservation Association Community to protect and preserve our national parks?

Please leave this field empty
Yes, please sign me up for NPCA’s newsletter and other emails about protecting our national parks!

National Parks Conservation Association
National Parks Conservation Association

Log In

Or log in with your connected Facebook or Twitter account:

GO

Welcome to our growing community of park advocates. Thanks for signing up!

Sign Up:

Or sign up by connecting your Facebook or Twitter account:

GO