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About the E&AA

The Employees & Alumni Association (E&AA) of the National Park Service, is a 501(C) (4) membership organization dedicated to promoting the values and ideals of the National Park Service family. The E&AA was organized in 1955 and was incorporated in 1957 to promote and nurture a bond between current and former National Park Service members in their dedication to the National Park Service’s mission.

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E&AA informs members of the significant activities and accomplishments of the National Park Service and employees, alumni, and partners of the service through publication of the Arrowhead. This quarterly newsletter is distributed to E&AA members and to all active National Park Service employees under an arrangement with the National Park Service.

E&AA encourages qualified persons to enter the National Park Service as a career and to assist those with high career potential to reach for greater responsibility in the Service. The E&AA encourages public understanding of the national park concept and the responsibilities of the Service in administering the National Park System.

George B. Hartzog, Jr.

The E&AA through the National Park Service Employees and Alumni Trust Fund (the “Trust Fund”), a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt entity, supports the George B. Hartzog, Jr. Education Loan Program providing interest-free loans to National Park Service E&AA members for the higher educational needs of their children/grandchildren or themselves.

In addition, the Trust Fund also supports disaster relief efforts to aid National Park Service families in the event of major disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires, or earthquakes or incidents of personal calamity.

The E&AA, through the 1916 Society, encourages and recognizes specific individuals and organizations that actively support and promote the programs, activities, mission and goals of the National Park Service through fund-raising efforts.

Eastern National

Since May of 1987, Eastern National has managed the day-to-day operations of the E&AA. This arrangement was formalized through a Memorandum of Agreement between the two organizations. The Board of Directors of Eastern National serves in a voluntary capacity as the Board of the E&AA.