Support for National Parks

NPS administrative histories look at the history of federal parks and the National Park Service as public programs and as a public trust. They analyze individual parks and their establishment and administration, as well as NPS programs and policies.

The history of the NPS is rich in possibilities for anyone interested in environmental history, natural resource conservation, federal programs for historic preservation and archeology, public attitudes toward historical memory and commemoration, debates about the uses of public land, and the nature of federal agencies and programs over the past century. From wilderness designations to the setting aside of historic sites, the NPS is shaped by and, in turn, helps to shape ideas about this country's natural and cultural heritage.

As a government agency, the NPS has reflected and participated in national discussions about the environment and its relationship to society. Parks provide specific evidence about the history of conservation and management of natural resources and about the economic, ecological, and aesthetic dimensions of the public lands. Parks illuminate changes in the very concept of nature and wilderness, the economic interests involved in the setting aside and development of public lands, and ways Americans experience nature and wilderness in shifting patterns of tourism and recreation.

The NPS also reflects changes in the kinds of historical and cultural memory we as a nation have felt worthy of preservation. NPS historic sites illuminate a variety of cultural symbols and processes of historical and cultural change. They show how we have sought to commemorate the past and establish or reaffirm aspects of a national identity. They also provide direct, tangible evidence about the past that can challenge visitors and scholars to seek new ways of understanding human activities and interests, prehistoric and historic.

Park managers bear significant responsibilities for decisions about park resources that affect how future generations will see this multifaceted natural and cultural heritage. Administrative histories inform them about the decision-making of their predecessors in the NPS, and about how NPS decisions have reflected and reflect broader social, economic, cultural, and political trends and interests.

Research possibilities abound in park-related aspects of the history of ideas about nature and culture, and the sometimes-contending interests of people who have influenced and implemented federal programs for the National Park System. We are seeking partnerships, advice, and assistance from park-goers, scholars, and others with interests in parks, conservation and preservation. As of June 2001, only about 60 of the 388 parks administered by the NPS had current administrative histories. NPS national programs for archeology, concessions, land acquisition, and recreation also present research opportunities.

Source: National Park Service

Foundation and philanthropic support for national parks from around the Web.



National Park Service Proposing Changes To Philanthropic Partnerships And Donations

Possible changes being made to the National Park Service guidelines dealing with there philanthropic partnerships and donations. After a few years on the drawing board the new proposal has been...more

American National Parks Receive Active Trails Program Grants
Foundation: Coca-Cola Foundation

National parks across the United States who have been selected to participate in the 2014 Active Trails program have been awarded a total of $700,687 in grants from the National Park Foundation, the...more

National Park Foundation Awards $7,000 in Transportation Funding

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area recently received nearly $7,000 in transportation funding from the National Park Foundation to provide funding for approximately 700 students and...more

Eastern National Receives Empowerment Grant

The Eastern National has been awarded a $15,500 Empowerment Grant from the Motorola Mobility Foundation for the Passport To Your National Parks Android mobile phone application to assist in the...more

Golden Gate National Parks Receives Grant from National Park Foundation
Foundation: Coca-Cola Foundation

The Eastern National has been awarded a $15,500 Empowerment Grant from the Motorola Mobility Foundation for the Passport To Your National Parks Android mobile phone application to assist in the...more

A $200,000 GRANT FOR THE NATIONAL PARK

The Eastern National has been awarded a $15,500 Empowerment Grant from the Motorola Mobility Foundation for the Passport To Your National Parks Android mobile phone application to assist in the...more

Yellowstone National Park’s Projects to be funded by Yellowstone Park Foundation

The Yellowstone National Park has been awarded a grant amounting to more than $200,000 from the Yellowstone Park Foundation. The grant will be used to finance critical research studies, energy use...more

Mesa Verde National Park's Winter Exploration Program

The National Park Foundation has recently announced that it will be awarding $10,000 to the Mesa Verde National Park to help funds its winter exploration program. The winter exploration program is...more

$220,000 from The National Park Foundation

As part of the 2012 Park Stewards program, the National Park Foundation has announced that it has awarded $220,000 in grants. The National Park Foundation work hand in hand with the National Park...more

$200,000 Grant from National Park Foundation
Foundation: Coca-Cola Foundation

National Park Foundation announced over $200,000 in grants to be awarded to the 13 national parks selected to participate in the 2012 Active Trails program, promoting national parks as a venue for...more




Government Support for National Parks




Monitoring Bats in National Parks of the Upper Midwest-GLKN
National Park Service
This cooperative agreement and the associated tasks contained within the agreement allow the National Park Service to conduct collaborative research with Northland College, specifically Dr. Erik...more
Posted On - 2018-06-22


YOSE/SEKI Buffalo Soldier Interpretive Interns 2018
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS) Notice of Intent to Award. This is not a request for applications. This funding opportunity is to provide public notice of...more
Posted On - 2018-06-22


Cross-Pollination for successful outreach and conservation in US-Mexico Parks
National Park Service
This project will build upon a wildlife conservation partnership established between 6 ⿿sister parks⿝ and other reserves in Arizona and northern Mexico that share...more
Posted On - 2018-06-21


Great Basin Ranger Corp at Great Basin National Park
National Park Service
A.Project Goals â¿¿ The purpose of this Task Agreement is to support and stimulate work and training opportunities for a ranger corps crew leader and ranger corps interns to work with...more
Posted On - 2018-06-21


Yount Adult Trail Maintenance Crew at Mount Rainier National Park
National Park Service
This announcement is not a request for applications. Please do not submit applications. This announcement is to provide public notice of the National Park Service's intention to award financial...more
Posted On - 2018-06-21


NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD
National Park Service
This announcement is not a request for applications. This announcement is to provide public notice of the National Park Serviceâ¿¿s intention to award a task agreement under a...more
Posted On - 2018-06-20





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