Whether you grew up collecting stamps in your national park passport or recently visited a national park, monument or historical site for the first time, everyone has a unique perspective on what public lands mean to them and how their love and appreciation for parks began. With our partners at Limestone Branch Distillery, we’re telling the stories of three people, the role that national parks play in their lives and how they take park protection personally.
Meet Nicole Jackson, Sally Garcia and Stephen Beam. Nicole is a member of NPCA’s Next Generation Advisory Council, a group of individuals tasked with engaging people in national park advocacy and protection, while Sally, a California-based NPCA staff member, works to expand park protection efforts in the Los Angeles area. Stephen is a lifelong park lover and horticulturalist, as well as the master distiller and founder of Limestone Branch Distillery, a partner that works with NPCA to ensure our parks are protected for future generations.
Inspired to take action, too? Watch the videos below to learn how Nicole, Sally and Stephen are committing to protecting our parks, or get started now by clicking here to learn what you can do to ensure our public lands are preserved.
In video one of NPCA’s video series with Limestone Branch Distillery, the distillery’s founder and master distiller Stephen Beam is joined by former NPCA Next Generation Advisory Council member Sally Garcia and NPCA Next Generation Advisory Council member Nicole Jackson as they discuss how their love of parks began and how that initial love inspired them to become park advocates.
In video two of NPCA’s video series with Limestone Branch Distillery, the distillery’s founder and master distiller Stephen Beam is joined by former NPCA Next Generation Advisory Council member Sally Garcia and NPCA Next Generation Advisory Council member Nicole Jackson as they discuss what being a park advocate means to them and how their journey from park lovers to park supporters has changed the way they see the importance of national parks.
In the third and final video of NPCA’s series with Limestone Branch Distillery, the distillery’s founder and master distiller Stephen Beam is joined by former NPCA Next Generation Advisory Council member Sally Garcia and NPCA Next Generation Advisory Council member Nicole Jackson as they discuss how park lovers can take action on behalf of our national parks and how those actions can help ensure our national parks are protected for future generations.
Now, we’re asking you to commit to protecting national parks by making a park pledge.
Nicole, Sally and Stephen committed to take action so parks remain protected. Now, it’s your turn. Below, we’ve outlined easy ways you can make a difference on behalf of parks. Choose one of the actions below—or create your own—to do your part to help protect our national parks.
Stay up-to-date on the latest news and updates about what NPCA is doing to protect our national parks by joining our NPCA email community and signing up to receive advocacy alerts to be the first to know about the ways you can take action to protect parks. Staying in the know is only the beginning, though—share what you learn with your network of friends and family so they can do their part!
When you know more about parks, you’re able to better use your voice to protect them. Take a deep dive into park issues and history with NPCA’s podcast, The Secret Lives of Parks. With episodes on how national parks protect cultural history and the critical fight over Indigenous land rights, you’re sure to be entertained _and_ have the background and context you need to use your voice on important issues.
Your voice matters! Share your concern for parks in a letter to the editor, blog or op-ed. Never written one before? No problem! Check out this how-to post on our blog for more information about how to get started.
Want to be sure that Congress knows how important our national parks are to you? Find your representative or senator and get in touch with them to share your support or concerns, either in writing, on the phone or in person.
At NPCA, we’re a passionate group of individuals who love parks and believe in their protection as much as you do—we’ve been fighting to protect them for over 100 years! When you become an NPCA member, you’ll be helping us further our efforts across the country, plus you’ll get quarterly issues of our award-winning magazine, National Parks, and other benefits! Click here to learn more about how to become a member.
Next, we’re asking you to share the action you’re taking on social media and ask your friends to make an impact of their own!
After you’ve committed to one of the actions above, it’s time to get other people inspired to do their part. We want as many people as possible to take action on behalf of parks—that’s why we’re asking you to spread the word on your Instagram story. Just save our shareable template, use the text feature to fill in the prompts about how you’re taking action to protect parks and upload it to your Instagram story. Don’t forget to tag @NPCAPics and two friends so they can choose an action to take on behalf of national parks, too. We’ll be sharing your posts and following up over the next couple of weeks to find out what you’ve done to help protect our public lands!
On a desktop computer? Grab your mobile device and pull up this page to save the template.
Since 2017, Limestone Branch Distillery has donated nearly $210,000 to help fund NPCA’s efforts to protect and preserve national parks and raise awareness about the issues that impact our public lands. Their signature bourbon was originally created in 1872 and shares both a name and birth year with America’s first national park—Yellowstone. For each bottle of Yellowstone Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey sold between January 1, 2022 and November 30, 2022, Limestone Branch Distillery will donate $1.50 to NPCA, up to $30,000 annually. For more information about Limestone Branch Distillery, visit limestonebranch.com.