Latinx Culture’s Indelible Stamp on America’s National Parks

October 11, 2018Katherine RivardNPF Blog
Coronado National Memorial — National Park Service

Many national parks reflect America’s natural beauty. Others show another type of American beauty — the cultures and traditions of people from every walk of life. National parks honor our different experiences and united histories.

Latinx culture is a vibrant part of this cultural mix. Over this next year, consider visiting some of the astounding spots preserving Latinx culture. To start:

  1. Take in the landscapes and imagine what Spanish explorers were thinking as they sought gold near present-day Coronado National Memorial.
  2. Deepen your understanding of history, as you learn more about the intersection of LGBTQ, African American, and Latinx experiences at Stonewall National Monument.
  3. Experience cultural demonstrations and hands-on activities during Chamizal National Memorial’s signature festival.
  4. Remember the inspiring history of the United Farm Workers of America and the struggle for workers’ rights at César E. Chávez National Monument.
  5. Enjoy art from contemporary Latinx artists, who incorporate poinsettias, a flower named after Martin Van Buren’s secretary of war, at Martin Van Buren National Historic Site.

Then be ready to join in the celebration of Latinx culture with the national park community by taking part in Latino Conservation Week: Disfrutando y Conservando Nuestra Tierra. This annual July event encourages everyone, and especially the Latinx community, to enjoy and explore public lands across the country. The event includes events across the country, from the District of Columbia to Wisconsin to California.

Our national parks have countless stories to tell and a vibrant tapestry of culture to be embraced. Be sure to learn more about our many national parks and the people they represent. Then #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque to experience it all firsthand and to add your own story to the mix!


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