Resource Apr 7, 2022

National Park Defender Award

Nature Valley Recognized as Recipient of 2022 National Park Defender Award

NPCA has established the National Park Defender Award to recognize our corporate partners for their considerable contributions to and in support of our national park conservation work. This annual award, given out during National Park Week, highlights and thanks a partner who goes above and beyond to create lasting impact in park protection, through authentic partnership with NPCA and by educating and empowering their consumers to take action.

Corporate partnerships play a critical role in NPCA’s work to protect national parks’ resources, including their air, water, wildlife, as well as the important stories they tell. Together, NPCA works with its partners to inspire, engage and empower park champions who will speak up for these incredible places for years to come.

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2022 Recipient: Nature Valley

Nature Valley has supported a myriad of NPCA’s programmatic work from the removal of obstructive fencing near Yellowstone to protect migration patterns of endangered pronghorn, to coral reef restoration in Biscayne National Park and trail preservation along the Appalachian Trail – all while inspiring and empowering consumers to explore public lands and become park advocates. With a mission to make nature’s energy accessible to all, Nature Valley exemplifies the spirit of the award, contributing more than $4 million since 2009, serving as NPCA’s longest standing corporate partner.


NPCA & Nature Valley: 2021 Next Generation Impact Initiatives

Nature Valley has donated $50,000 to NPCA to support the advancement of the next generation of park advocates – and the important park protection work ahead! – by funding impact…

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Most recently, Nature Valley and NPCA collaborated on a campaign to support the advancement of the next generation of park advocates, funding projects and resources designed and led by NPCA’s Next Generation Advisory Council, generating greater access to our parks. Through this program, council members created resources including a video guide to Mount Rainier National Park in Spanish, a podcast about lesser-known parks in the National Park System and illustrated guides to parks in Southern California in English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish. Nature Valley’s donation also funded programs that brought people to parks, like a clean-up event in Jamaica Bay and a visit to Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument aimed to inspire more people of color to visit national parks through cultural and historical interpretation.

To learn more about the projects and resources funded by Nature Valley’s donation, please visit here.

2021 Inaugural Recipient: Parks Project

Parks Project, a vintage-inspired apparel and accessories brand, creates collections of products that promote and protect public lands through givebacks to more than 40 nonprofits, including NPCA. A percentage of the sale of several products directly provide financial resources to NPCA, to carry out our park protection work, from habitat and wildlife restoration to advocacy training and youth education.

Most notably, NPCA collaborated with Parks Project to launch the Defend Parks apparel collection to share the stories of those who work tirelessly to defend our parks – NPCA’s volunteers and staff – while giving back to NPCA on sales of the products to support NPCA’s efforts. Not only did this help raise awareness of the importance of park protection among consumers, it provided them with a call to action to protect our national parks, through a variety of opportunities that were provided through the campaign. Throughout the collaborative outreach, more than 12 million people were reached with the call-to-action to defend America’s parks. View our PSA below:

Click here to learn more about Parks Project and their mission.

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