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 operates 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 event at Pullman. 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 implementing the award-winning vision, Positioning Pullman to improve the visitor experience and enhance the community. Following the huge victory for Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, in which the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock was closed in order to protect upstream waters from invasive Asian carp, the Midwest team has envisioned opportunity for a new national park experience at the lock in downtown Minneapolis with Transforming the Lock. 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
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climate ride 2018 Climate Ride Events Join the movement and pedal or hike for our national parks at one of this year's Climate Ride events.
Fact Sheet Ozone Fact Sheet Ozone threatens the health of park visitors and contributes to the disease and death of park species such as the black cherry tree in the East and aspen and ponderosa pine in the West. National park ecosystems across the country are already showing damage from ground-level ozone pollution.
Blog Post An Important Step for Wildlife at Isle Royale The wolf population at this remote Michigan park has been dwindling for years. A new plan, supported by the island’s eminent researcher, will benefit the animals and the ecology of the island.
Blog Post Get Underground for Mammoth Adventures This Spring Go below the Earth’s surface to explore exquisite realms that evolved in total darkness. See twisting pathways through limestone and marble, crystal-lined walls, and distinctive rock formations that can only be discovered on foot. These 10 national park caves are places to learn about the mysterious worlds under our feet.
There is no place on earth where you can see the national wonders or come face to face with the historic events that you can in the national parks. In my encounters with Park Staff, ranger campfire talks, guided walks and at information desks, I have found them to be sincere, knowledgeable, and dedicated. Without national parks, we literally would have lost our history and our greatest scenic wonders. — Leon Reed
Infographic More Wolves at Isle Royale National Park NPCA has long advocated to bring new wolves to the national park to protect the long-term survival of this iconic species.
Press Release Introduction of Wolves is Right Move for Isle Royale Park Service to bring more wolves to the park to save population.
Magazine Article 500 Islands, 2 Paddlers, 1 Scrabble Board The writer and his wife’s aunt pack up their gear and grub, hop into a canoe, and venture into Minnesota’s Voyageurs National Park.
Magazine Article The Indian Chief and the President In 1852, a 93-year-old Ojibwe chief traveled to Washington to stop the president from forcing his people off their ancestral lands.
Magazine Article The Case of the Shrinking Moose A new study reveals the surprising effects of climate change on this iconic species in Isle Royale National Park.
Blog Post The Rise of the National Park Mascots From Major Muskrat to Sunny Saguaro, human-sized mascots help national parks attract new visitors and convey important messages about wildlife and safety.
Blog Post A Woman on Mount Rushmore? Mount Rushmore National Memorial features the faces of four U.S. presidents. All, of course, are men, but Congress considered a bill in 1936 supporting the addition of a female figure to the granite memorial. Do you know which woman might have joined George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln?
Blog Post A National Park Where You Can Drive Your Car on a Lake? One national park in the Lower 48 includes just a few short access roads, but for a couple of months a year, park officials allow visitors to drive their vehicles directly on two of the park's lakes. Can you name this park?
Resource 10 Ways to Be a Park Advocate Want to be an advocate for parks, but don't know where to start?
Blog Post 10 National Park Trip Ideas for President Trump Would President Trump do more to protect national parks if he took time to visit them? Here are 10 inspirational places I’d put at the top of his bucket list.
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.
Report Transforming the Lock Transforming the Lock is a vision for a national park visitor experience at the Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock in Minneapolis.
Report Pullman Transportation Plan As one of America’s newest national parks, Pullman National Monument is preparing for as many as 300,000 visitors by 2020. The Pullman Transportation Plan, produced with funding secured by NPCA, outlines ways to improve access to and within Pullman for visitors and community residents.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 Minnesota Field Office in St. Paul, MN.
Staff and Media Personnel Alison Zemanski Heis Alison Zemanski Heis joined NPCA in 2010 and leads media outreach and communications for the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Sun Coast regions as well as NPCA's national water work.
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.
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 ›
- Gateway Arch National Park ›
- 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 ›
- 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 ›