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Anonymous , December 20, 2012
I'm an old man, who has finally laid enough of my burden aside to be able to take a look around this country. Gaaaad! An epiphany. Until fairly recently, I had been in more countries than States, a misspent youth. The rest of this missive may...
For My Dad
Kathi Neuhart , January 9, 2013
My Dad passed away 2 days after Christmas. I am donating today to the NPCA in memory of him. He loved to travel, and took us on many motor home trips across the United States. He especially loved the national parks we visited. Viewing a beautiful...
Even in hard times
James Hugh Reynolds , January 2, 2013
I gave to the NPCA because even in hard times these National Parks need to be protected and cared for so they continue to be here for us all and our children and grandchildren,So even though i couldn't really afford it I chose to give anyway,I...
So Many Parks, So Little Time
Marilyn Beach , December 26, 2012
Starting at the age of seven (I am now 84), my family took several trips across country on gravel roads in a 1929 Buick. The National Parks that then existed were on our itinerary. I remember vividly standing next to the Dragon's Mouth in...
National Parks are part of my life
Randall Roebuck , December 8, 2012
I grew up with Olympic National Park almost literally in my front yard. The rural neighborhood I lived in until I was 9 was just off of the Mount Angeles Road in Port Angeles, WA, and was overshadowed by Mt. Angeles itself. At that time, the Mt....
National Parks made me who I am today
Michael , November 25, 2012
The summer after my freshman year of college I worked out in Glacier National Park. As soon as I stepped off the train I was hooked. Two years later I found myself working in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Now that I have graduated from college...
The real reason I give
Gloria J , November 28, 2012
I have visited many parks where I backpacked, hiked and enjoyed the great outdoors and yes, that in itself is a reason to give - so that the perpetuity of parks remain. The real reason I give is because of the fear of what will happen if the...
Mesa Arch at Sunrise
Walt Biddle , November 28, 2012
As an older photographer, I can still get to awesome sites in Nature because of our National Parks and the access.
Nancy , November 14, 2012
I donate to honor my parents. They were so grateful to be able to take their children to the the Parks. Many a family vacation was spent discovering a new one!
Inspirational Grandeur
Maria Walsh , November 14, 2012
The grandeur and inspiration of our national parks is overwhelming. We have visited Olympic National Park and climbed Mt.Olympus. We have visited the Grand Canyon, both the south rim and the north rim. We visited Zion National Park and Bryce...
Why wouldn't anyone support our National Parks?
Jane Shafroth , November 10, 2012
Why wouldn't anyone support our National Parks? Coming to live in the United States from the United Kingdom in 1977, over the last 35 years, I have been able to visit many of our wonderful parks. In 1976, while studying European Studies in Bonn,...
We are Ken Burns Family
Howard W. , November 2, 2012
In the summer of 1956 my father packed up our whole family in the station wagon and we headed west from New York to visit the National Parks. His mother had taken him west by train during the 1930's and he wanted to share the wonder of the...
Chadwick , November 4, 2012
The National Parks are one of many amazing things about this country. While prior generations had the forsight to preserve such natural wonder, it is the current generation's duty to maintain it so that future generations continue to have the...
a national treasure
Diana Ranson , November 4, 2012
About once a month I am fortunate enough to go hiking in the Great Smokies National Park. Whether I'm there on a long hike with my husband or brother, on a drive with my mother, or on a shorter walk with my grandkids, I always come away feeling...
Once the Parks are Gone...
Carol Nonnenmacher , October 27, 2012
very simply once the parks are gone they will never come back
Our National Parks are Glorious Cathedrals
Gary Sanchez , October 16, 2012
Our National Parks are Glorious Cathedrals where our blessed natural world is held sacred and where those who worship the Works of the Eternal can meet and bask in our Love of Nature.
Our National Treasures
Janet , October 9, 2012
I highly recommend that everyone see the Ken Burns DVDs on the history of the National Parks and National Monuments available from PBS. It is amazing how many people dedicated their lives to ensure that future generations could enjoy the natural...
John Damberg , October 5, 2012
I spent the summers of 1980-85 working in Montana's beautiful Glacier National Park, which were 5 of the best summers of my life working in this awesome place. I now live in Anchorage, Ak and I visit Alaska's many nationals parks on a regular...
We need these places
Barbara Efraimson , September 29, 2012
I've visited the Great Smokey Mountains and it's just awe-inspiring. I've also been in the Adirondack Park, repeatedly because I live so close to it, and it, too, gives you the feeling of being there alone to witness the peace and beauty that...
aw hess , September 29, 2012
The United States is a big country with citizens from all corners of the planet. We are fortunate to benefitted from enlightened leadership from our founders and leaders that followed. Democracy, free speech, and freedom from a state religion...
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