Judy Pigott, A National Parks Family Tradition

I DID MY RESEARCH TO FIND OUT WHICH GROUPS DID THE MOST TO PRESERVE THESE NATIONAL TREASURES AND NPCA WAS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST.”

— JUDY PIGOTT

Like so many people across the country and around the world, Trustee for the Parks Judy Pigott has created some of her fondest family memories in America’s national parks. She instilled an appreciation for parks in her children at an early age and is doing the same for the next generation of her family.

A resident of Seattle, Judy’s first connection to the great outdoors was formed during childhood camping trips along the Nooksack River in northwest Washington state. She recalls, “big canvas tents that we hoped wouldn’t leak and fresh-caught trout cooked over an open fire. I’ve never tasted better fish!” Judy has since visited national parks across the country, but Glacier National Park holds a special place in her heart and memory.

“I first experienced Glacier’s majesty in my 20’s,” Judy says. “My husband and I hiked in certain we were well provisioned. We found out differently after setting up camp amid driving rain and waking up to eight inches of snow.” A later trip to Glacier with her sons, then 8 and 11, was less eventful weather-wise but no less magical: “Over 10 days, we stayed in all of the park’s hotels and backcountry hike-in hostels. My boys still talk about seeing mountain goats, bears and a glorious August Perseids meteor shower on the Continental Divide during that trip. It’s the reason they still have a love of the wild.”

Judy understands how important, and challenging, it is to protect national parks. That’s why she supports NPCA’s work so generously. “I did my research to find out which groups did the most to preserve these national treasures and NPCA was at the top of the list. I’m proud to help keep them there as a Trustee for the Parks.”

Next up for Judy and members of her family will be an NPCA-led Crown of the Continent trip in August, with an extra few days in Glacier National Park tacked on so she can relive some favorite park memories and create new ones with her family. We wish Judy all the best on that trip, and extend special thanks to her for making America’s national parks both a personal priority and a family tradition.

 

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