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.

You give more to your parks EACH AND EVERY YEAR!

by Kelly Sanderbeck, Donor Engagement Manager   It happens with you, because of you, and for YOU… And this is how it works: Every year, we ask superintendents to submit proposals to us and rank projects that have no other funding.

Parks Project, LLC: Leave it Better than You Found It

Through our volunteer work we realized that there was an entire generation missing out on the opportunity to help conserve these spaces. They just needed to be engaged in the right way. Enter Parks Project!

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.

Dodger Point Lookout – COMPLETED!

Last year’s Fund-A-Need at our annual Spring Dinner & Auction focused on Preservation with a Purpose, raising funds for the renovation of historic structures in our three parks. What follows is a success story! Last year, WNPF raised funds to complete the Dodger Point Lookout restoration as well as the Long Ridge Trail leading up to it.

Speak up for YOUR park!

By Kelly Sanderbeck, Donor Development Manager   Do you know how Washington’s National Park Fund works? In a nutshell, we are the official philanthropic partner of Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks.

Shout Out to Rainier Climbing Rangers!

By Kelly Sanderbeck, Donor Development Manager   It was just a quick note enclosed with an online donation, but it piqued my interest: “Would like this to go to support the climbing rangers at at Mount Rainier.

The Fishers are Coming! The Fishers are Coming!

by Kelly Sanderbeck, Donor Development Manager     They are VERY cute, and you may be tempted to pet them, but do not give in to this impulse! A member of the weasel family and about the size of a house cat, fishers became extinct in Washington state by the mid-1900s.

Volunteers Make the Parks Go Round!

by Kelly Sanderbeck, Donor Development Manager "They streamed into the beautiful Mountaineers building in downtown Tacoma a few weeks ago, some proudly wearing their volunteer uniforms and some wearing interested expressions of curiosity."

Olympic National Park Volunteer Wins National Award

By day, John P. Goar teaches freshman science and runs the astronomy club at North Kitsap High School.

Butterfly Catching and Other Opportunities at the Spring Dinner and Auction

Richard Page and friends win an experience as Citizen Scientists for the Day at the 2016 Spring Dinner and Auction.

Preservation with a Purpose: A Volunteer’s Tale

Chris Scranton first came to Olympic National Park in 1972 after participating in a Student Conservation Association program in the North Cascades.

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!

Five Reasons To Support the National Parks

Why should you support the national parks with a donation to Washington's National Park Fund? Five reasons from Leif Whittaker. Leif Whittaker seeks adventure in all aspects of life. His first book, My Old Man and the Mountain, was published by Mountaineers Books in October 2016.

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.

Swimming With The Fishes – An Excursion to Ross Lake With Park Biologists

John Newhoff's day out on Lake Ross with the biologists of North Cascades National Park – an excursion he successfully bid on at WNPF's Spring Dinner and Auction. The 2017 event takes place on Saturday, April 22nd, raising funds for priority needs at Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks.

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.