America’s Summit on National Parks

Taking Action for a New Century

On January 24-26, 2012, leaders from conservation, philanthropy, recreation, tourism, education, health, and economic development gathered in Washington, D.C., for America’s Summit on National Parks: Taking Action for a New Century. This historic event attracted more than 350 participants who engaged in dynamic discussions around a variety of important topics vital to the future of our national parks, including connecting youth and urban communities with the national parks, conserving natural and cultural landscapes, and expanding the diversity of national park visitors.

On behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association, the National Park Foundation, and the National Park Hospitality Association, we thank all of the participants for an incredible event that will help to propel actions to support our national parks and programs into their second century. In the coming weeks, we will be adding information to the website that includes presentations and highlights from each of the sessions.

The website will be updated periodically to include commitments to specific action items being undertaken by members of the national parks’ community as we build support for our National Parks and national parks programs in advance of the 2016 centennial.

Why Act Now?

The 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service is fast approaching and provides the national parks community with an opportunity to draw attention to the needs and opportunities of the park system and inspire the American public to become engaged on behalf of our nearly 400 national park units and park programs ranging from Yosemite National Park to the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.

The National Park Principles

These principles convey strong, widespread, nonpartisan support for the national parks and related conservation, historic preservation, and recreation programs to national leaders. More than 700 organizations have signed on!

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Summit Highlights

Press Release: Summit Sets Course for Protecting America’s National Parks, Connecting to People--January 30, 2012

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