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Our mission is to preserve the environment of New York Harbor, promote economic development along the harbor and create on the waterfront the finest urban recreation and educational national park system in the world.

The National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy (Harbor Conservancy) is the primary private partner of the National Parks of New York Harbor (NPNH)—a division of the National Park Service that oversees 10 national parks with 22 unique destinations in the NY/NJ metropolitan area.

This partnership, sanctioned under a U.S. Department of the Interior Friends Group Agreement, charges the Harbor Conservancy with providing philanthropic and earned revenue support to meet NPNH's stewardship needs.

With nearly 27,000 acres, NPNH is the largest caretaker of shoreline on New York Harbor. Lower Manhattan is the epicenter of this network of parks, historic sites and recreation areas that arc across three other boroughs of the city—Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island—and across to New Jersey.

Our shared strategic goals with NPNH are to:

  • Protect natural and cultural resources
  • Improve access to the parks
  • Expand programs for diverse audiences
  • Raise public awareness
  • Enhance funding
  • Facilitate partnerships to support the above goals

To date we have raised over $12 million for NPNH programs, projects and activities. These include cataloguing and digitization of the Manhattan Historic Sites archives, restoration of the statue of George Washington at Federal Hall National Memorial, walking tours of Lower Manhattan led by National Park Service rangers, interpretive harbor boat tours and youth camping and kayaking programs in Gateway National Recreation Area.

Between 2014 and 2019, the Harbor Conservancy will pursue two new initiatives with NPNH: to transform the historic Federal Hall into a compelling New York City cultural destination and to reimagine Fort Wadsworth for camping and other recreation.


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The National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy is a public-private partnership with the National Parks of New York Harbor and sanctioned as its primary partner under a U.S. Department of the Interior Friends Group Agreement.