Inspiring Connections, Building Leaders
Eric Miller, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Eric’s day job is that of official photographer for University of Minnesota’s Golden Gophers. But, in his free time, he has proven an invaluable asset to NPCA. He’s spent years helping NPCA capture the joy of people experiencing parks for the first time. He’s also documented our volunteers’ dedication as they serve in our parks. His photos help bring our stories to life, expanding our reach and inspiring others to join in our work.
Introducing people to parks is one of the most fundamental roles NPCA plays. If an audience is unaware of parks or has never had the opportunity to visit a national park, we cannot hope to engage them as advocates. This understanding drives our work and explains why we have taken great strides over the years to not only bring more people into the fold, but also to make all our parks more accessible and more relevant to those who live near them.
Nowhere is this work more evident than in our 11 regions around the country. Through our field staff’s on-the-ground outreach, partnerships and genuine community connections, we share how the evolution of the park story is an American story worth celebrating. We often organize park- based projects so people can experience and understand the value of national parks. Building awareness like this at the local level opens the door for cultivating a deeper understanding of park issues, which in turn paves the way for the development of engaged advocates.