The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is an independent, nonpartisan voice working to address major threats facing the National Park System. NPCA was established in 1919, just three years after the National Park Service. Stephen Mather, the first director of the Park Service, was one of our founders. He felt very strongly that the national parks would need an independent voice—outside the political system—to ensure these places remained unimpaired for future generations. Now, nearly one hundred years later, NPCA has more than 600,000 members and supporters. In addition to our LEED-certified national headquarters in Washington, D.C., NPCA has 25 regional and field offices around the country.
At NPCA our work to protect and enhance our national parks is guided by six core values: Commitment to Mission, Empowerment, Teamwork, Accountability, Innovation, and Diversity. Our core values embolden NPCA to achieve excellence; unite us with one another, our members, volunteers and partners; and fuel our commitment to become the catalyst and leader of a national parks movement that fulfills our shared mission to protect and enhance America’s national parks for present and future generations.
The national park sites of the Midwest are steeped in history, wrapped in the fabric of American culture, and spectacular in their natural beauty. NPCA’s Midwest regional office strives to build support for the more than 50 diverse national park sites throughout the region. The Midwest is home to great urban national parks like Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis; Cuyahoga Valley National Park between Cleveland and Akron; Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in St. Paul; and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore outside of Chicago. Being in close proximity to large cities provides not only unique challenges for these parks but great opportunity and a wealth of community support. The natural wonders of the Midwest are as varied as the landscape. The great stone and clay formations of the Badlands, the shifting sand dunes of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, and the waving Tallgrass Prairie attract visitors to their splendor.
Contact Information: (312) 263-0111 or Midwest@npca.org