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Why I Give
Peter C. Foltz , February 12, 2014
The National Parks are one of the most important parts of the commons of the United States. Aside from the personal pleasure they have given me and my family they must be protected from the ravages of defunding in the Congress and efforts to turn...
Love The Parks
Dave Payne , November 17, 2013
I support and donate to NPCA because our parks are National Treasures and deserve all the support they can get from we, the people. In a country where the government is constantly decreasing funding for our parks, it is critical that we continue...
Retirement
JJR , December 1, 2013
My husband and I have visited many national parks. Our favorite park is the Grand Canyon where we have hiked all but one of the main trails including corridor, threshold, primitive, and wild. On September 28, 2013, we started down Tanner hiking...
Unique in the world
Susan , February 12, 2014
Our system of National Parks is truly unique. No other country in the world has chosen to set aside such vast and beautiful sections of their land for the preservation and enjoyment of their beauty and environmental benefits. For centuries,...
They Are Ours
B. Michael Watson , February 15, 2014
It is a joy to contribute to the National Park Conservation Association and help protect these 400 plus magnificent parks because they are ours! If we treasure them, we will join together in efforts to conserve them for ourselves and for the...
aunt
Marianne Wilkening , December 9, 2013
My own family has always been involved with the outdoors whether in Northern Wisconsin or the woods of Illinois. However my niece & her husband spent several summer vacations in our beautiful national parks after their 2 children were grown and...
Why I give to NPCA
James Pryor , January 29, 2014
Ever since I was a little boy I have been blessed to be able to visit national parks around the country. It has long been a dream of mine to eventually visit every single unit within the national park system. Though I am by nature a conservative...
Mother's Influence
Connie Speake , December 14, 2013
When I was a very little child, my mother enjoyed telling us about the summers she spent in Yellowstone National Park, waiting tables at the lodge, helping with evening entertainment, and on her day off, riding horseback. We heard those wonderful...
WE LOVE OUR PARKS
Hillel , December 27, 2013
It seems like we've visited a million national parks, monuments, wilderness areas and wildlife refuges, and we've loved them all. The staff we met were always cheerful and helpful and the areas were beautiful and/or fascinating. The other...
My Child
Marcie , January 18, 2014
I have been to several parks over the years and I recently went back to a park that is near where my grandmother lives. I drove her out because she cannot walk very well. When I first learned how to drive, my grandmother came with me to this park...
The Best Idea
Carol & David Kemmerer , December 30, 2013
I give to the NPCA and also the National Park Foundation because we love our National Parks and try to visit at least one every year and since we live in Arizona that is quite easy to do. We could not even estimate how many times we have been...
Giving back
Jack Day , January 15, 2014
I am a 70 year old cross-country bicyclist who will be visiting numerous National Parks in the Pacific Northwest during a 2014 ride. The National Park Rangers throughout the USA have always been most impressive and helpful to me on past visits,...
Mothers
Connie Speake , December 14, 2013
When I was a very little child, my mother enjoyed telling us about the summers she spent in Yellowstone National Park, waiting tables at the lodge, helping with evening entertainment, and on her day off, riding horseback. We heard those wonderful...
Gratitude
Singh , January 5, 2014
When I first came to this great country what struck me most was the effort to preserve this beautiful land ,whether by the neighborhood park or the great national parks. I hope you can always preserve the wilderness in all it's glory and continue...
A Legacy of a Lifetime
Jen Herron , January 24, 2014
I've been visiting national parks in this country since before I could walk. Part of the legacy my parents have given to me is an appreciation for this amazing land that we call a country. Preservation of our most magnificent and fragile...
Art of Adventure
Adventure Insider , December 1, 2013
The National Parks are a treasure and a place of adventure and discovery. Wilferd Peterson said, ” A man practices the Art of Adventure when he breaks the chain of routine and renews his life through reading new books, traveling to new...
Yellowstone is my home
Richard , December 15, 2013
I worked in Yellowstone for four summers 1959-1962, my brothers worked there and my mother worked in Hamilton Stores for 10 summers. I met my wife there. I have been back many times and had the pleasure of taking my daughter and grandkids for a...
Visited Grand Canyon this Week
Paul Palmquist , November 8, 2013
This week we visited the Grand Canyon N. P. as a group of 14, who planned the trip 2 months ago. We were worried when the shutdown occurred, pleased when it ended, and hope that the Natonal Parks will be properly funded in the future. We all...
Missed Olympic Park Visit
Marcia Steinberg , October 25, 2013
When I visit one of the parks, I usually send a donation in memory of the experience. This time, however, I'm making a donation in memory of one of the parks, Olympic National Park in Washington which I could not visit on my Puget Sound cruise...
Preserving the past for the future
Steve Zeoli , October 17, 2013
I've visited and enjoyed so many of our National Parks in the past five decades that I feel it is my responsibility to help, even in this small way, to pass on this rich heritage to future Americans. National Parks are the best idea America has...
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