Park Person of Interest: Jared Infanger

by Judy Wagonfeld, Volunteer and Friend of the Fund   “All of us have a place in history.

Trailblazers: Russ and Janice Ashleman

by Kelly Sanderbeck, Donor Engagement Manager   Every Friday during the summer and fall, you can find Russ and Janice Ashleman heading to Sunrise at Mount Rainier for their weekly stint as volunteer Meadow Rovers.

Holiday Gift Guide: Give a Gift to Support Your Parks

By Kelly Sanderbeck, Donor Development Manager Socks, gift cards, chocolate? As we each try to find that PERFECT gift for our special people this season, please give a thought to our parks.

Spooky Stories in our National Parks

The well house. We are not superstitious, but when we get close to this building it makes us feel a cold chill up the spine.

What’s YOUR Experience?

As soon as I saw Mount Rainier in the distance, I was smitten. I hiked around that iconic mountain and was mesmerized by the alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems. I spent a couple of days in the mysterious Cascades, camping and hiking near Mount Baker and whitewater rafting her glacial waters and my adoration grew.

Wildflowers at Paradise

By Richard Page, Vice President of the Board

Many Gifts. One Big Love For Our Parks.

Many Gifts. One Big Love For Our Parks. Your donations – both large and small – added up to a record-high total this year. More than $650,000 was granted to Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks. It all matters. It all adds up. THANK YOU!

Time to engage!

WNPF Discovery Group is sharing news about all the great activities, events, and projects taking place in Washington’s national parks, and how we can all become more engaged! The next Discovery Group event is a Fireside Circle gathering in Mount Rainier National Park (National Park Inn) from October 28th – 30th.

My Chance to Summit Rainier

Mount Rainier, with its prominence in the Seattle skyline, calls out to the adventure seekers wanting to climb it. Funds raised by this team – all matched by Microsoft – will be devoted to Restoration of Fishers in Mount Rainier National Park. If you or your company would like to learn more about our climbing program, please contact Laurie Ward.

Ride Around Mount Rainier In A Day

Ride Around Mount Rainier In A Day (R A M R O D) These ultra-serious cyclists complete a 150-mile ride, with 10,000 foot gain, around our beloved Mount Rainier all within about 12 hours. Plus, RAMROD riders give back to the park.

Night Sky Photo Becomes Forever Postage Stamp Image

Matt Dieterich, WNPF guest blogger, never dreamed that his photo of the night sky over Mount Rainier would become a United States Forever Stamp. "The goal of my photography is to bring attention to the beauty that exists above our heads in the night sky away from these city lights. I want to inspire children and adults to continue the tradition of viewing the stars."

America The Beautiful

Laurie Ward, Executive Director of WNPF, and Nicky Ducommun, Donor Stewardship Manager, volunteered time at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in February, helping out in the National Park Service area. The event celebrated America's national parks and landmarks. Top garden creators – who produced 23 full scale themed gardens – embraced the show-wide “America The Beautiful” theme.


Every July, 800 cyclists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world take on the challenge of one of the country's premiere cycling events: Ride Around Mount Rainier in One Day (also known as RAMROD).