Sweep over the stark Badlands of South Dakota, under the curve of St. Louis Arch, along the shores of Indiana Dunes, and through the rugged wild of Isle Royale to gain a sense of the vast and diverse territory covered by NPCA's Midwest Regional Office. Spanning eleven states, the parks in this region – such as Lincoln Home National Historic Site – reverberate with the stories of America, teaching us about our journey as a country, from our early residents to our presidents, and from tragic battles to triumphs of progress. In addition, they inspire us with their beauty, size, and natural resources. Building support for, and ensuring the protection of, these special places is the focus of NPCA’s Midwest Regional Office.
The small, but mighty team of the Midwest operate from Chicago, Illinois with a supporting field office in St. Paul, Minnesota. The diversity of this region’s parks means that the staff might spend one day fighting for the continued survival of the wolf at Isle Royale and the next day planning a community outreach event. Much of their work also builds off previous success. After advocating diligently for the designation of Chicago’s first national park, Pullman National Monument, the team now prioritizes improving the visitor experience while raising the park’s profile among area residents. Following the huge victory for Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, in which the St. Anthony Falls’ lock was closed and the river upstream protected from the invasive Asian carp, the Midwest team envisions opportunity for a new visitor center at the closed lock, and shifts its advocacy to the nearby St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. Acknowledging that parks do not exist in isolation, they also strive to increase the stewardship and conservation of the broader landscape between Pullman and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and between the great national parks of South Dakota.
The Midwest team will continue to build park allies and work across local, state, and federal lines to fight for the enhanced protections of the many landscapes, resources, and stories that make the parks of this region so exceptional.
Cuyahoga Valley: What's in a Name?
Cuyahoga is the Mohawk word meaning “crooked river.”
Field Offices in the Midwest Region
More about the Midwest region
Fact Sheet How to Host a Park Volunteer Event Hosting a park volunteer event is an empowering act that flexes your leadership skills, helps our parks and engages new people. Learn how with this step-by-step guide.
Press Release Chemical Spill Closes Sections of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Chemical spill closes three beaches at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Blog Post Get Your Binoculars: The 25 Best National Parks for Birding Find out which national park sites have the most bird species, with a highlight of what you might see at each place.
Staff Diane Gerrish Diane Gerrish serves as the Regional Director of Development for the Midwest. Diane connects National Parks Conservation Association's most generous Midwest-based supporters with our advocacy and activities to protect our national parks.
The parks allow us to connect with the earth and each other. They are such special places and we should protect them at all costs. The parks have been neglected and we should make sure they have our support. They allow families to take amazing trips without spending a fortune. We must preserve them for our children and all future generations. — Peter
Blog Post Need an Escape? 10 Cozy Places to Stay in National Parks Craving solitude or looking to plan a romantic retreat? A private room in the heart of one of the country's most spectacular landscapes could be the answer. Check our staff picks for cozy lodgings in breathtaking national parks.
Press Release Advocates Agree: EPA Nominee Pruitt a Disaster for Nation’s Air, Water Heads of 19 Environmental, Conservation Groups Come Out Against Pruitt’s Nomination
Blog Post 5 Inspirational Stories from the Parks Through their spectacular landscapes, magnificent wildlife and rich history, national parks have inspired generations of visitors. But often, it is the people within those parks who move us most. Here are five personal stories of determination, selflessness and healing that show how parks can bring out the best in people.
Press Release Introduction of Wolves is Right Move for Isle Royale Park Service proposes to bring more wolves to the park to save population
Press Release Congress Passes Water Resources Bill; Will Benefit National Park Waterways and Restoration Projects Across the Country Water resources bill enables projects that develop, maintain and revitalize restoration projects critical to improving the health of America’s national parks.
Magazine Article Prairie Portal At Wind Cave National Park, the search for rare prairieland leads to an escape, a descent and a nighttime pursuit.
Report Midwest Regional Office Field Reports NPCA's Midwest Regional Office produces a newsletter twice a year. These field reports provide timely updates and perspectives on issues of interest in the more than 50 diverse national park sites throughout the region.
Staff Colin Deverell Colin is the Program Manager for NPCA’s Midwest Regional Office in Chicago, Illinois.
Press Release Positioning Pullman Recognized for Strategic Planning and Vision Groups honored for collaborative effort to guide future of Pullman National Monument
Press Release Bright Future for Pullman with New Superintendent Named to Lead National Monument New superintendent will be a great asset to Chicago's first national park.
Trip Great American West From Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial to Custer State Park and Devils Tower, the West is a colorful storybook spilling over with strong personalities and profoundly historic landscapes. Discover some new chapters and add your own footnotes on this fun and engaging exploration.
Trip Northern Michigan's National Lakeshores Hidden away in the heart of our nation’s Heartland are Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshores with soaring sandstone cliffs, shining beaches, splashing waterfalls, splendid natural archways, serene hardwood forests, sky-high sand dunes and sparkling inland lakes and streams.
Video Telling America's Story at Pullman National Monument America’s stories are just as important as its natural wonders. Pullman National Monument, Chicago’s first national park, tells the story of American opportunity. Watch the video!
Report Wolves at Isle Royale: Scientist Letter In October 2015, a group of almost 50 scientists sent National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis a letter urging NPS to “take immediate action to bolster the population of wolves on Isle Royale. Wolves play an important role in ecosystems through their predatory activities.”
Resource Wolves at Isle Royale: Background Materials Right now there are only two wolves left on Isle Royale, the lowest population at the park in over 50 years. The question now is what should be done about the dwindling wolf population.
Trip Isle Royale Wilderness Sojourn Isle Royale National Park is a road-less wilderness island accessible only by boat or float plane. Get an insider’s look at the world’s longest running wolf/moose interaction study as we take in Lake Superior's beautiful coastline along the Wisconsin and Michigan borders.
Report Positioning Pullman AIA Chicago and the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) conducted a three day community design workshop, April 16-18, 2015 in Pullman. The purpose of the workshop was to engage the public in discussions with the Chicago design community regarding opportunities for enhancing the park visitor experience while leveraging the new national designation to advance important community development goals.
Staff Kesha Q. Richardson Kesha joined NPCA's Midwest Regional Office in early 2015 as the Program Coordinator to work with the region's partners and volunteers.
Staff Christine R. Goepfert Chris is the Senior Program Manager for NPCA's Upper Midwest Field Office in St. Paul, MN.
Staff Lynn McClure Lynn came to NPCA in 2007 to launch the Midwest office in Chicago. As the Regional Director, she leads protection of more than 50 national parks in NPCA’s largest region.
Fact Sheet Voyageurs National Park at Risk from Sulfide Mining Recent mining proposals could pose a significant threat to this watershed. Even small amounts of contamination could harm the park's fish and wildlife.
Fact Sheet Pullman Quick Facts & FAQs Few sites preserve the history of American industry, labor, African-American history and urban planning as well as Pullman. The site has deep ties to the nation’s first major industry-wide strike in 1894 and early Civil Rights history.
Report Economic Engine: An Analysis of the Potential Impact of a Pullman National Historical Park NPCA, the City of Chicago, and Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives have released a study analyzing the projected economic impact of naming Pullman a national park.
Fact Sheet Polluted Parks: Fact Sheets Haze pollution limits views of our most valued national parks and wilderness areas, affecting not just how far we can see, but also the color, sharpness, and quality of the view. It also makes the air unhealthy for people, wildlife and natural resources.
Explore Our Parks
- Agate Fossil Beds National Monument ›
- Apostle Islands National Lakeshore ›
- Badlands National Park ›
- Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site ›
- Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument ›
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park ›
- Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park ›
- Effigy Mounds National Monument ›
- First Ladies National Historic Site ›
- Fort Larned National Historic Site ›
- Fort Scott National Historic Site ›
- George Rogers Clark National Historical Park ›
- George Washington Carver National Monument ›
- Grand Portage National Monument ›
- Harry S Truman National Historic Site ›
- Herbert Hoover National Historic Site ›
- Homestead National Monument of America ›
- Hopewell Culture National Historical Park ›
- Ice Age National Scenic Trail ›
- Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore ›
- Isle Royale National Park ›
- James A. Garfield National Historic Site ›
- Jefferson National Expansion Memorial ›
- Jewel Cave National Monument ›
- Keweenaw National Historical Park ›
- Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial ›
- Lincoln Home National Historic Site ›
- Minuteman Missile National Historic Site ›
- Mississippi National River & Recreation Area ›
- Missouri National Recreational River ›
- Mount Rushmore National Memorial ›
- Nicodemus National Historic Site ›
- Niobrara National Scenic River ›
- North Country National Scenic Trail ›
- Ozark National Scenic Riverways ›
- Perry's Victory And International Peace Memorial ›
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ›
- Pipestone National Monument ›
- Pullman National Monument ›
- River Raisin National Battlefield Park ›
- Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway ›
- Scotts Bluff National Monument ›
- Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore ›
- Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve ›
- Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site ›
- Voyageurs National Park ›
- William Howard Taft National Historic Site ›
- Wilson's Creek National Battlefield ›
- Wind Cave National Park ›