About Us

Jefferson National Parks Association is a vital non-profit partner to national parks, public lands and historic places. We are based in St. Louis, Missouri, but our current operations and programs span five states. JNPA-supported visitor centers, park retail stores, museums, publications and products serve millions of park visitors each year.

JNPA operates educational museum shops and bookstores at our partner locations. All of the items we sell are reviewed by our partners to ensure historical accuracy and appropriateness. We also develop customized products and publications for our partners. JNPA is proud that our retail stores directly educate the public about the importance of many of America's historic, natural and cultural sites.

The proceeds from our store sales allow us to make significant financial donations back to our partners. These dollars support educational programming, exhibits, special events and site improvements at those sites. Since JNPA's founding in 1961, we have contributed over 30 million dollars in financial and in-kind support so that present and future generations may continue to learn about and enjoy our national parks and public lands.

Revenue Sources
JNPA is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The bulk of our revenue stems from the sale of items in museum shops and bookstores, but we also raise funds through membership support, publications and product development, and direct donations. In 2012 alone, we invested more than $3.1 million in educational programs and services to benefit the public. As a non-profit organization, all proceeds fund our educational mission.

The many educational and interpretive programs we support in our partner parks are as diverse as the parks themselves. To learn more, click here.

History of JNPA
JNPA's roots extend to the early days of the establishment of the Gateway Arch National Park (formerly known as Jefferson National Expansion Memorial), which encompasses the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse. We were incorporated in January 1961 as the Jefferson National Expansion Historical Association. Our first decades were focused on support for this one national park. In 1989, we expanded our partnership with a second park -- the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site -- and affiliated with additional partner parks in subsequent years. We changed our name to Jefferson National Parks Association in 1999.

We currently partner with parks operated by these federal agencies: