The government shutdown has created a crisis in our national parks.

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To protect our parks and their visitors, we ask the Trump administration to close the national parks for the duration of the shutdown.

During the ongoing government shutdown, some of America’s 418 national parks are closed to visitors. Many remain open, but without the staff and resources needed to protect the parks—and their visitors—from lasting harm.

National parks are the heart and soul of so many American communities. Volunteers, state and local agencies, and nonprofits have given money and hard work to keep parks safe during the shutdown. Their efforts have made a huge difference. But our national parks need robust funding and full-time care.

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How one small business owner and national park neighbor is weathering the government shutdown

“Cleaning up trash and restocking bathrooms isn’t necessarily what I wanted to be doing with my time over the holidays,” says Seth Zaharias of Joshua Tree, California. “But we weren’t just going to let the park overflow with junk.”

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We’re proud to protect our national parks

Since 1972, we’ve expanded or strengthened protections on national parks over 200 times. We’ve worked tirelessly to make our parks, monuments, and historic sites more accessible and welcoming for every person. Learn more about our work in Yosemite, Zion, and across the country.