The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) is a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to protect, connect and restore the integrity and diversity of natural systems in NSW and beyond, through national parks, marine sanctuaries and other means.

The challenge

NPA has played a role in the establishment of many of NSW's national parks and nature reserves. Today there are 877 protected areas covering 7 million hectares on the land (9% of the State) and 66,000 ha of marine waters (6.5% of the coast), far exceeding the goals of our founders. NSW is one of the most environmentally diverse areas on earth and the organisation works hard to ensure it remains this way. We are fortunate to still have rainforests, deserts, mangrove swamps, eucalypt forests, alpine herb fields, coastal heaths and grasslands.

National parks and other protected areas will become increasingly important as the primary means of ensuring our core natural places are safeguarded for generations to come. Yet, with only 9% of our state conserved, many significant areas remain unprotected, leaving our natural heritage and its biodiversity facing a range of growing threats. These threats include habitat destruction, climate change, invasive species, mining and gas extraction, pollution, residential, industrial and agricultural development, and population growth.

What do we do?

NPA has been established as a conservation organisation for almost 60 years. We have a network of 16 branches, hundreds of active volunteers and over 20,000 supporters.

NPA plays a crucial role in ensuring that our national parks are protected in perpetuity:

  • We campaign for the protection of natural areas as new national parks and marine sanctuaries.

  • We monitor the management of our national parks and make suggestions and proposals to ensure best park management.

  • We advocate for our national parks and the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

  • We educate decision makers and the public about the importance of preserving our national parks.

  • We help to convince members of parliament to uphold the laws that protect our national parks and to support new legislation that addresses threats to these parks.

  • We fight attempts to weaken these laws in the courts and the court of public opinion.

  • We assess the health of the parks and park management to better inform our advocacy work.

  • We run the largest activities program in the state, with over 1,000 bushwalks led by an extraordinary team of knowledgeable and skilled volunteer leaders every year. 

  • We offer many in-field activities for our supporters to participate in that have an influence on conservation outcomes across NSW.

  • We coordinate bush regeneration and clean-up events to enable people to learn more about, and enjoy NSW’s beautiful natural places and the threats they face.

Why not join us today?