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Support

Support

National parks protect our nation's culture, wildlife, history, and natural beauty, and we need to protect them in return.

The government shutdown has had devastating consequences for national parks. It is estimated they lost roughly $400,000 per day in vital income used to support programs and necessary improvements to infrastructure. Without park staff present to protect the fragile ecosystems and natural resources preserved there, parks were sustaining damage that will likely take years to reverse. In some cases, the damage may be irreparable.

It is easy to feel powerless, but there are things you can do right now to help our parks.

1. Protect

  • Look for opportunities to volunteer at national parks in your area.
  • When you visit a national park, pack out everything you bring in and properly dispose of any waste you produce.
  • Leave nature and historic structures as you found them. Do not touch or remove rocks, plants, animals, etc., from the parks.
  • Report any illegal activity, such as camping, hunting, or vandalism to law enforcement.

2. Shop

As national parks and our park stores gradually reopen, visit www.nps.gov for the most up to date information . When you shop at WNPA stores, the proceeds from your purchases go back to the parks to fund educational programs, research projects, park store personnel, and much more. Since 1938 WNPA has provided more than $98 million to our partner parks. Due to the government shutdown all of our park stores were closed, resulting in a loss of crucial revenue. You can help by shopping at our park store, The National Parks Store in Tucson, Arizona, or in our online store. Your purchases support parks!

3. Give

When you give to WNPA, your donations directly benefit the parks. Donations ensure that all of our partner parks, regardless of size, are able to enhance the visitors’ experience, understanding, and appreciation of national parks.

During the 35 days of the government shutdown, WNPA lost more than $800,000 in total gross revenue due to park store closures. This directly impacts the amount of financial support we will be able to provide to our partner parks this year. Your support is needed more than ever.

Your gift in any amount is crucially needed. You can give to parks by selecting a donation level below.

Although the government shutdown is now over, national parks need our support more than ever, and every one of us can help mitigate the damage done to them. Visit the parks, volunteer your time, and become a member of and donate to organizations like WNPA. It is our responsibility to ensure these remarkable and treasured lands are preserved for everyone, for all time.

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