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

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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




2019 Bat Monitoring Interns Mammoth Cave National Park
National Park Service
NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD: This is not a request for applications. This provides public notice of the National Park Service’s intention to award a task agreement under a previously awarded...more
Posted On - 2018-08-18


Promoting Heritage Tourism in Arkansas
National Park Service
NOTICE OF INTENT TO AWARD: This is not a request for applications. This provides public notice of the National Park Service’s intention to award a grant agreement. This Agreement will fund...more
Posted On - 2018-08-18


Museum and Archives Cataloging, Access and Preservation
National Park Service
The goal of this Agreement is to provide service opportunities for students and/or entry-level professional interns, volunteers, or resource assistants to work side-by-side with NPS professional...more
Posted On - 2018-08-17


FY18 FWS Urban Waters Urban Refuge Partnership
Fish and Wildlife Service
Headquarters National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) is posting this Notification of Intent to award a single source cooperative agreement to American Trails for the American Trails Strategic Planning...more
Posted On - 2018-08-17


Understanding the role of increasing water quality and groundwater inputs on ecosystem structure, function, and health in Big Bend National Park
National Park Service
Understanding the role of increasing water quality and groundwater inputs on ecosystem structure, function, and health in Big Bend National...more
Posted On - 2018-08-17


Effects of a changing fire regime on birds at Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
National Park Service
United State 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 - 2018-08-17





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