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Summer Park Events
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$250,000 estate gift = 2,000 Mount Rainier Volunteers
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Summer Events in the Parks
Check out the links below for July's events happening in Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks! Add these ranger-led hikes/walks or presentations to your favorite places, and learn more about park history, the flora and fauna, and the people who make these parks possible!


Washington's National Park Fund
PO Box 64626
University Place, Washington 98464


Tax ID #01-0869799


Do you want to give a gift to Washington's National Park Fund? You can make a secure online donation here! You can choose to restrict your gift if you have a favorite park, or you can choose to give your gift where the need is greatest!
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$300,000 to be Awarded to Park Projects


Washington's National Park Fund is pleased to announce that more $300,000 will be awarded to Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks this summer.  Funded projects center around Washington's National Park Fund's four core areas of concentration:


  • Building upon current youth and family programs aimed at creating the next generation of passionate parks people.  We will bring more youth and families of all backgrounds up and into the National Parks, teaching them to care for, and find enjoyment in, their parks.
  • Improving visitor experiences through trail maintenance, improved signage (both in and around the parks), stronger technology (displays within visitor centers, mobile technology, social media, etc.), increased tour availability in partnership with rangers, more "family-fun activities", and ongoing park education.
  • Growing each park's volunteerism and stewardship - We will encourage more public ownership of, and engagement in Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks.  We'll do this by finding the best methods of utilizing park staff members' time most efficiently, while empowering groups of individuals without negatively impacting the parks.  Together, we will support the parks' responsible planning and management of the resources that are in everyone's care.  We will do this through education of conservation and sustainable practices, and as always, we will strive to "leave no trace".
  • Maintaining our focus on science and research of flora and fauna by educating the public about current efforts and inviting individuals to get involved as volunteers.


It's because of you, our readers, donors and friends, Washington's National Park Fund is able to fund such important projects.  Thank you.  

Questions?  Contact Laurie Ward.



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Join the more than 4,000 Washington drivers showing their support for Washington's National Park Fund and our beautiful parks by choosing this specialty license plate. $28 from each plate, and subsequent renewal goes back to the parks to support programs.

Estate Gift Keeps on Giving
 For the second of five years, Mount Rainier National Park has received $50,000 for its volunteer program. Much of the program is funded by an estate gift totaling $350,000 that came to Washington's National Park Fund back in 2009.  It was given by the Eleanor and Raymond Wilson Charitable Trust.  $50,000 a year goes to Mount Rainier for five years.  The remaining $100,000 established an endowment for Mount Rainier National Park. 


Each year, nearly 2,000 volunteers help clean trails, plant native species, restore meadows, and track animal research projects, to name a few.  As a result of the estate gift, these 10,000 volunteers will have contributed 400,000 hours.  This is the equivalent value of $8 million!


To learn more about Rainier's Volunteer program, here.  


Both Olympic National Park and North Cascades National Park have volunteer programs as well.  


Olympic National Park's Volunteer Program


North Cascades National Park's Volunteer Program