So many ways to become a friend!

The Dunes National Park Association poster is unveiled.
Members of the Dunes National Park Association launch their partnership in support of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

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Philanthropic Partners

More than 200 philanthropic organizations partner with national parks nationwide, carrying out projects and programs that are as diverse as the parks they work with. Despite this diversity, they all have one thing in common -- their passion for parks.

From raising funds to rehabilitate centuries-old structures and maintain visitor facilities, to enhancing educational and recreational opportunities, hosting special programs and events, mobilizing volunteers and interns, and accepting donations to support research and restoration projects, there are countless ways that philanthropic partners benefit parks.

There are many ways you can participate in the activities, initiatives, and events of park philanthropic partners. View the directory or select your favorite park to locate one of these many groups linked to a single park or a cluster of related parks and discover how you can get involved in partner efforts!

A field guide helps a visitor identify butterflies.
Publications describing the natural and cultural history found in parks are produced and sold by Cooperating Associations.

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Cooperating Associations

In many national parks, not-for-profit organizations known as cooperating associations enhance visitor understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of national parks through the services they provide, such as operating bookstores, developing park related publications, merchandise and audiovisual programs, and supporting educational and interpretive programming.

View the directory (start at page 9) or select your favorite park to locate one of the numerous cooperating associations linked to a single park or a cluster of related parks and discover how you can get involved in partner efforts!

National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help protect more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, connect all people with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and engage the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.

Last updated: January 31, 2019