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The national parks are a favorite vacation spot for millions of Americans; the National Park Services b one hundred years ago, they hope to raise $350M to honor the anniversary.

"In case you missed it, February saw the the country's official national park charity, the National Park Foundation, publicly launch a $350 million initiative in honor of the centennial.

"The centennial, you say? Yup. While America's first national park, Yellowstone, was created in 1872, the National Park Service wasn't created until 1916. Now in its 100th year, it continues to preserve national parks in the United States, while educating and connecting with the public on a number of initiatives promoting conservation, outdoor recreation, etc.

"And while both the parks and the NPS are government operations, there is a long history of private philanthropy aimed at bolstering a park system that has often been called 'America's best idea.'"--Jack Bedrosian, Inside Philanthropy

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