Summertime is officially here! It’s that time of the year for endless cookouts, beach vacations, and a visit or two to your favorite national parks. We have had some exciting developments this month keeping us busy and just in case you missed any of it here is a recap of it all.
Trail Talkin’ on the Blog
See how running the Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon changed former airman and current NPS ranger Bill Sorrell’s life.
When you think national parks, you also think of pristine lakes, great plains, and jagged mountain ranges. But the National Park System is home to historic sites and structures that are part of our nation’s heritage and have an important story to tell.
Through historic preservation, we look at history in different ways, ask different questions of the past, and learn new things about our history and ourselves. Historic preservation asks, "What is important in our history?"
We’ve got some exciting news for you: the National Park Service is turning 100 years old in 100 days! But the excitement doesn’t stop there – there are so many ways to get in on the celebration and #FindYourPark, o mejor dicho, #EncuentraTuParque this summer.
Here are 4 ideas for joining the fun over the next 100 days:
Remember when you dreamed about being a scientist when you grew up? Well, we can help make that dream a reality, even if only for a day or two!
As we conclude the first full month of spring, we hope you have enjoyed the warmer weather in some of your national parks. As the month of April comes to an end, take a look back at what you might have missed from us.
Trail Talkin’ on the Blog
We rolled into this month by highlighting our support of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps program that provides learning experiences to both the youth and veterans.
In celebration of National Park Week (April 16 – 24), we pulled together a fun list of ways to #FindYourPark and honor the National Park Service Centennial this year. From our new infographic to national park-inspired gear, these ideas highlight diverse park experiences and the breadth and depth of the National Park System.
Check them out!
1. Plan your own #FindYourPark adventure with our new infographic.
The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial year in 2016, so there’s never been a better time to get out there and find your park. With so many amazing places to choose from (there are over 400 national parks across the country!), how will you decide on your next national park vacation?
In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 10-16) and National Park Week (April 16-24), the National Park Foundation hosted a Twitter chat about supporting national parks. The chat’s theme allowed us to feature great resources from panelists at the National Park Service and Department of the Interior, as well as some of the incredible work being done by our partners at the Student Conservation Association and American Express.