Washington's National Park Fund News
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Save the Date!
When: Friday, April 12, 2013. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Dinner at 7. Live and Silent Auctions.
What: Washington's National Park Fund's Spring Dinner & Auction
Where: The Mountaineers, 7700 Sand Point Way, Seattle
What: Learn more about WNPF's focus areas, and Be Park SAVVY
Science and Research
Volunteerism & Stewardship 
Visitor Experiences
Youth & Families
2012 Annual Event

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Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day
RAMROD is the Pacific Northwest's Premiere one-day ultra-marathon cycling event. Combining the incomparable scenery of Mount Rainier National Park and a challenging course of over 10,000 feet of elevation climbs over 152 miles, RAMROD is a classic ride for any cyclist to experience.  
As in years past, RAMROD will be partnering with Washington's National Park Fund to raise funds through registration to help fund important projects in our parks! WNPF is excited to partner with the Redmond Cycling Club this year, and are incredibly grateful for all the generous gifts these cyclists give the parks!
For registration information, click here
Entry for this event is based on a lottery system and will open on March 1st. 

Thank you, RAMROD riders!
Martinique Grigg
Welcome to WNPF's Newest Board Member

Martinique Grigg, currently the Executive Director of The Mountaineers, was inspired to become a board member because of her deep-rooted love for our national parks which she believes are national treasures. "Our national parks need to be safeguarded so future generations are able to enjoy them," she said. As a board member, she is excited to have the opportunity to support positive projects in the parks. 

Martinique grew up outside of Boston, MA, and learned early she had a passion for the outdoors. She earned her BA at Dartmouth and her MBA from Harvarvd Business School.

In July of 2012, Martinique was able to climb to the summit of Mount Rainier. Like others who make this impressive trek, she was inspired by the beautiful view from the top, as the entire state laid out before her. "Mount Rainier National Park will always hold a special place in my heart, particularly on clear days when I can see the mountain all the way from my home in Seattle, " she said.


Welcome, Martinique!


Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
Announces Retirement, Heads Home to Colorado
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced he will return to his home state of Colorado, having fulfilled his promise to President Obama to serve four years as Secretary. Secretary Salazar has informed President Obama that he intends to leave the Department by the end of March.

"Colorado is and will always be my home. I look forward to returning to my family and Colorado after eight years in Washington, D.C.," said Secretary Salazar. "I am forever grateful to President Obama for his friendship in the U.S. Senate and the opportunity he gave me to serve as a member of his cabinet during this historic presidency."

To read this press release in its entirety, please click  


Congratulations to REI President & CEO, Sally Jewell, on your nomination as Secretary of the Interior! To learn more about Sally's appointment, read here.

Mount Rainier National Park
North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park
The National Park Service has announced the decision to rehabilitate the Camp Muir Historic District in Mount Rainier National Park. Camp Muir is used by an average of 10,000 climbers each season. For more information on the exciting rehabilitation, and other Mount Rainier news, check out their News Release page.
Be sure to take advantage of the ranger-let snowshoe hikes on Mount Rainier! These hikes, led by park rangers, are held every weekend and holiday through March at 12:30 and 2:30 pm. Snowshoes can be rented for a small donation at the Jackson Visitor Center. For more information, check out this article at
Don't forget about all the other winter activities Mount Rainier National Park offers. Lean more here.

Photo courtesy of NPS
North Cascades National Park is located along Highway 20, which is often closed during the winter months. To check on highway closures before you head out, check here. The pass has been closed since November due to avalanche danger. Check back often for updates.
Although the parks are serene and beautiful when covered with a fresh blanket of snow, they can also be dangerous if you're not prepared. Thanks to the rangers at each park, you can leave the house well-prepared for the weather you'll experience! Check out North Cascades'  trail conditions page, and make sure you're well equipped for adventure!

Photo courtesy of NPS
Take advantage of the snow at Hurricane Ridge and plan a trip on Friday, Saturday or Sunday to ski or snowshoe this beautiful part of the park. For more information about what Olympic National Park offers during the colder season, check out their website
What else can you do in Olympic National Park during these winter months? The Hoh and Quinault Rainforests are a deep, healthy green in the winter month, and make a great destination. The Olympic beaches are also a great location; they're snow-free and tide pools are abundant. 

For more information about Olympic National Park's best winter destinations, check out their seasonal publication, The Bugler

Photo courtesy of NPS
National Park Plate
Don't forget you can show your support of Washington's National Park Fund by purchasing one of these specialty license plates!  From every purchase and renewal of these plates, Washington's National Park Fund receives $28 to help fund vital programs throughout Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks. 

Drive your Support, today!
Click here to learn more about how to purchase these beautiful plates.

To make a donation to Washington's National Park Fund today,
click here!

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