The trees may not need your help to grow, but maintaining roadways for visitors, preserving ecosystems and protecting historical sites come with a price. If you love the outdoors are are looking to give back, consider one or more of these ways to support America’s parks.


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Buy a Pass:

Funds go directly to improve park infrastructure, fund ranger salaries and make improvements to help accommodate visitors. These funds directly serve to maintain the parks and by getting a pass you have year-long access to visit as often as you’d like!



Got it in your heart to send a little love to the park system? There are plenty of ways to donate. From one-time gifts to monthly commitments, there are plenty of options that are convenient and simple. You can also donate as a tribute in someone’s name.

Group donations are also possible if you want recognition for an organization or company. Alternatively, companies can set up sponsorship or cause marketing partnerships like The North Face, Coca Cola and Subaru have done to help improve parks, park programs, and encourage active lifestyles.


Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! Volunteer opportunities range from recruiting other volunteers to pro bono work from citizen scientists. International volunteer opportunities are also available for educators or professionals in the environmental or cultural fields.

Volunteer Perk: After 250 hours of service with select federal agencies, you get a free park pass!

 Joshua Tree National Park Clean up

Keep parks Clean

It’s as simple as picking up after a picnic on the beach or after a mid-hike snack. Not only does it keep our parks clean and free from trash, but it helps protect wildlife which can be harmed by garbage or even food, as most human snacks may not be suitable for wild animal diets.

If you’re looking for a more active way to keep parks clean get involved with monthly or yearly beach clean ups.

Beach Clean up

Tell your Friends

It’s as easy as sharing this post with your friends on social media so they can pick the easiest way to get involved for themselves.


Shop using AmazonSMILE 

Donate while you shop- no extra spending necessary. Amazon Smile will donate a percentage of your purchase to the charity of your choice. There are nearly a million charities listed, and thousands of park related charities. All you have to do is link your account one time and all your purchases will help contribute to the park conservation fund. However, you must start your shopping from the URL in order for your purchase to count.  Even if you have no reason to shop now, set it up today so it’s ready to go the next time you shop.

 Amazon Smile National Parks Conservation Association