The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving America’s national parks for present and future generations.
NPCA works on Capitol Hill and on the ground in local communities hand-in-hand with National Park Service staff, community leaders, park advocates, and state and federal legislators to ensure our parks have the vital funding and protections they need to remain healthy and thrive.
One of our founders, Stephen Mather, was also the first director of the National Park Service. From the National Park Service’s beginning in 1916, Mather and others saw a clear need for an independent voice outside of the federal government to protect America’s national parks. Since 1919, NPCA has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing the park system, safeguarding America’s natural, cultural, and historic heritage. NPCA and our more than 875,000 members and supporters are committed to preserving the most diverse park system in the world.
We invite you to become part of the NPCA family. Together, we can protect our national parks for this generation and those that come after.