What Parks Mean to Us ALL
Message from the Board Chair & President
We love many things about our national parks. From their sweeping landscapes and the stories they preserve to the memories we make there with our friends and families, national parks hold a special place in our hearts. We know they’re special to you, too.
It’s why we are so honored to share the National Parks Conservation Association’s 2021 annual report with you. It reflects what parks mean to us all and showcases the work we have done together to protect them.
This was a year unlike any other. Despite the challenges we faced, we continued to recognize just how important national parks are to all of us, both as individuals and as a nation. Parks have provided places of healing and respite after a year indoors. They serve as spaces where Americans come together to speak out for justice and civil rights. And they are sacred places that preserve our nation’s rich and sometimes complicated history so we will never forget.
Together, we found new ways to explore and protect the parks we love. You participated in virtual Park Talks and explored parks through stories and images. You attended our first ever virtual Salute to the Parks event and participated in NPCA’s first silent auction. And this year, as ever, you continued your tireless advocacy for parks, successfully defending sites across the nation.
As we look to the future, we know we are entering a profoundly changed world. NPCA remains committed to our mission of protecting and preserving America’s national parks for present and future generations. We are working to ensure that parks thrive for another hundred years; that they tell the stories of all Americans; and that they are diverse and inclusive places where everyone feels welcome.
We are profoundly grateful for your support of NPCA and our national parks. These victories are a testament to your dedication to protecting the places you love most. None of it would have been possible without you.
Victory for Katmai & Lake Clark National Parks
As part of this year’s annual report, we’ve created a special video with NPCA’s Senior Regional Director for Alaska Jim Adams on the Pebble Mine victory.
Thanks to the support and generosity of our more than 1.6 million members and supporters, NPCA finished fiscal year 2021 on June 30, 2021 in a strong position with a total revenue and gains of $52.9 million, proving that NPCA’s mission and message are as important now as ever before. For that, we are incredibly grateful.
NPCA remains committed to using our financial resources responsibly. You trust us to use your donations wisely, and we take that trust seriously. NPCA has worked to protect and enhance America’s National Park System for over 100 years, and thanks to your generosity, we will continue to fight to preserve our national parks for the next 100 years, too.
- Winner: Nicolas Brulliard, Range of Work by a Single Author, National Parks Magazine
- Honorable Mention: Overall Editorial Excellence, National Parks Magazine
- Honorable Mention: Rona Marech, Editor of the Year, National Parks Magazine
- Honorable Mention: Todd Christopher, Long-Form Feature Content for National Parks, “Open Roads and Endless Skies,” National Parks Magazine
The 2020 Wilburforce Conservation Leadership Award
Michael Jamison, Crown of the Continent Campaign Director
2020 John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy
NPCA, Member of the Great American Outdoors Act Coalition
2019 – 2020 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards
- Second Place: Photo Illustration of Travel
Matt Brass, “Water, Smoke, Spirit, Forest, Ghost, Land, Sky,” National Parks Magazine
29th Annual North American Travel Journalists Association Awards