How we got here
National Park Partners was born out of a desire to do more for the incredible asset we have in our backyard—our Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.
In 1986, Friends of the Park was established and immediately began helping the National Park Service prepare for the rapidly approaching 100th anniversary of the preservation of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. Following the success of those initial fundraising efforts, the Friends continued in their role as the Park's official philanthropic partner, leveraging support from residents, businesses, and visitors to generate the type of public-private partnership that is the hallmark of our Chattanooga area.
In 1995, Friends of Moccasin Bend was formed to advocate for the inclusion of 750 acres of historically and culturally significant land on Moccasin Bend into National Park Service protection. This goal was achieved in 2003, as the boundary of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park was expanded and Moccasin Bend was named the country's first - and only - National Archeological District. Friends of Moccasin Bend then turned its focus to supporting the National Park in the creation of a General Management Plan, adopted in 2017, to develop a world-class visitor experience at this newest Park unit.
Today, we have combined these two nonprofits to create National Park Partners. We are passionate about preserving the features of these unique park units, promoting events and learning opportunities, and enhancing the overall guest experience.