Shared Stories

Welcome to our Shared Stories section, where visitors to our parks and NPCA donors have chosen to share their thoughts and stories regarding our National Parks! Thank you to all who have shared their story with the rest of us!

Want to share your own story of a park visit or perhaps a reason why you support NPCA? Click below to share your own story with others!

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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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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