The fundraiser will support park managers and advocates from around the world coming together to work with and learn from the U.S. national park system. We all love our national parks – now let’s work together to make this great idea a reality and save corners of nature and biodiversity everywhere. Please donate today to help support thriving national park systems in the U.S. and abroad!
It is simple - the planet needs more national parks. And existing national parks in many developing countries need better protection.
But establishment and management of national parks is not so simple – especially in the face of underinvestment in protected land globally and other emerging challenges such as increased tourism and environmental degradation. Between safeguarding natural and historical treasures, sustainably boosting tourism, and ensuring wise land management and conservation, national park managers and advocates around the world require the skills, resources, and knowledge to effectively manage, preserve, and protect parks for the enjoyment of all peoples and future generations.
Fortunately, there is a thriving example of a national park system that the new generation of international park advocates and managers can benefit from. Since its establishment in 1916, the U.S. national park system has successfully safeguarded America’s most valuable and treasured natural, cultural, and historical resources. Today, the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) has over 20,000 employees and 418 protected areas covering more than 85 million acres across the United States and its territories, including national and historic parks, various shorelines, monuments, battlefields, and other natural, cultural, and historical areas.
Recognizing the need to share their knowledge and support the establishment and protection of national parks around the world, in 1963 NPS established a traveling seminar program to convene, educate, and inspire international park leaders. The course involved a rigorous curriculum and provided participants with direct access to NPS staff and operations. This program was remarkably successful and inspired participants to return home to initiate and manage new national parks in their countries. However, due to limited resources, NPS was forced to stop this program in 1993…. but you can help bring it back!
With your support, the Park Institute of America hopes to work with NPS to host the return of this international course in 2020. This course will introduce participants to the breadth of approaches and practices we’ve developed since 1916 for protecting nature and national heritage. In addition to leveraging the support of current NPS employees, this program will be supported by the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition), an organization of nearly 2,000 former NPS employees and park advocates.
We need your help to make this important course a reality! Donate today to help us get started bringing together NPS, the Coalition, and the park managers and advocates from around the world who work tirelessly to protect these invaluable resources. Every contribution to this program will ensure that park systems globally are equipped with the best staff, evidence- and research-informed management solutions, and dedicated advocates to preserve and protect national parks and our planet.