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National Park Foundation: Who Runs the National Parks?

Each summer, visitors old and new hit the road and take to the skies to visit our country’s public lands. Many travel to America’s national parks for their awe-inspiring views and storied histories, but did you know these treasured spaces are also great resources for everyday fitness? And with more than 400 national parks across the country, chances are there’s one closer than you think.

Yellow stone park NPS National Park Foundation

As Americans spend more and more time inside, the importance of outdoor exercise becomes increasingly apparent. Health benefits include links to increased energy, overall enjoyment during physical activity, and greater reported intentions to work out again. This summer, one easy way to explore national parks is to exercise by walking or jogging them – no equipment necessary.

The National Park Foundation works with partners to promote healthy living by getting people of all ages, and in all communities, outside in their national parks.

Whether you are looking to maintain your exercise regimen on your summer vacation or mix it up during the work week, national parks are a great setting for your fitness routine. Many parks even host community fitness activities you can be a part of, including these upcoming events:

GREENBELT PARK

Greenbelt Park NPS national parks

Whether you’re a novice walker or a seasoned runner, meet and exercise with the members of Greenbelt Park Walking Club (and the local wildlife) on Sunday mornings at Greenbelt Park in Maryland.

Read more upcoming events from the National Park Foundation here.

Our national parks are a uniquely American idea, truly supported by all of us. We are inspired by the beauty that surrounds us. We seek the wild and untamed land, the places where history was made, the sites that honor our heroes, and we stand behind what really matters— protecting these sacred places.

All of us must do our part to protect our national parks—they are a uniquely American idea. Our mission is to the support the National Park Service, and through the National Park Foundation, we can all safeguard our national heritage, ensuring generations of national park enthusiasts can enjoy the parks we love.

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