Park Preservation

We have inherited “America’s best idea,” our national parks. They guard, protect, and share millions of acres of irreplaceable landscapes, plants, and animals. They also preserve nationally significant historical and cultural places and tell the stories of people who made great sacrifices for our country.  

Parks are our classrooms, playgrounds, and places of escape and peace. They let us experience solitude and quiet, natural sights and sounds undisturbed by civilization, and beauty as simple as skies so dark you can see by starlight. The National Park System is ever-changing. There are new lands, water,  plants, and wildlife to protect, and as time passes, new history to commemorate. You can help us ensure that our parks are treasured forever.

Recent Projects Include:

Map of Our Park Preservation Projects

Park Preservation Project Highlights:

Alaska

California

Colorado

Indiana

  • Indiana Dunes National Park, IN

    In 2020, the National Park Service contacted the National Park Trust seeking help to acquire 9 parcels of land of 0.65 acres, with the possibility of 12 more, 35.27 acres in a second phase. This land will be incorporated into Indiana Dunes National Park and the Marquette Greenway Trail. The Park Trust is supplying funding and acquisition expertise for the project.

    Learn more about Indiana Dunes National Park, IN

Kansas

  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, KS

    National Park Trust played a singular role in the establishment of the first national park unit devoted to the natural and cultural history of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem –Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

    Learn more about Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, KS

Maine

  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail – Bald Mountain, ME

    If you've seen the pristine waters and lush terrain at Maine’s Bald Mountain Pond, you’d understand why National Park Trust and our partners chose to acquire an adjacent 1,500-acre parcel of old-growth woodland to benefit the National Park Service’s Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

    Learn more about Appalachian National Scenic Trail – Bald Mountain, ME

Michigan

New Mexico

  • Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM

    National Park Trust donors helped to save the geothermal wonders of Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico, and the last privately held parcel in the park. This victory marks the end of an 11 year-long effort to protect the supervolcano’s awesome features.

    Learn more about Valles Caldera National Preserve, NM

New York

  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail – Pawling, NY

    The National Park Trust partnered with The Trust for Public Land, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and Oblong Land Conservancy in the $2.38 million purchase of 219 acres of wooded land which was transferred to the National Park Service on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in July 2018.

    Learn more about Appalachian National Scenic Trail – Pawling, NY

Oklahoma

Texas

  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, TX

    At Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (TX), National Park Trust worked to preserve an archaeological area containing evidence of the Antelope Creek people, a Native American tribe.

    Learn more about Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, TX
  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, TX

    The National Park Service contacted National Park Trust seeking help to acquire a 44.58-acre parcel of land. Adding to the park will protect the cultural landscape and historic agricultural lands that provided food to support life at historic missions from the Spanish Colonial era.

    Learn more about San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, TX

Virginia

Washington

  • Olympic National Park, WA

    In December 2017, the Park Trust completed the acquisition of a parcel of land on Lake Quinault in Olympic National Park (WA) – just under 0.5 acres. Although small in size, it is big in ecological significance. The parcel was surrounded on three sides by Olympic National Park; it was the only parcel in that block that did not belong to the National Park Service. Its acquisition will keep it in its natural state by preventing further development.

    Learn more about Olympic National Park, WA
  • Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, WA

    In 1978, Ebey’s Landing in Washington state was established as Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve. Fast forward 40 years to 2018, National Park Trust worked with Historic Whidbey, National Park Foundation, National Park Service, & numerous local partners to add land and property to this NHR.

    Learn more about Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, WA

Wisconsin

  • St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, WI

    National Park Trust added 145 acres to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The complex project involved a land exchange in which the Park Trust worked with the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands to identify and then purchase valuable timberland; then that land was traded for three parcels of land owned by the State of Wisconsin in the north-central part of Wisconsin. Those three parcels were then transferred from the Park Trust to the National Park Service within days of taking ownership.

    Learn more about St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, WI