Thank You for All You Do, National Park Service Employees

Sunset at Point Reyes National Seashore

National parks are remarkable and inspiring – all park fans can agree on this. We can also agree on the fact that the women and men of the National Park Service are some of the most fascinating and committed individuals you will encounter.The tireless work of National Park Service employees extends into nearly every profession – each one contributing to the preservation of these spectacular treasures, ensuring they remain protected for future generations, and teaching us about the cultures, landscapes, and history that make up our past and present.

In a recent communication, we asked our supporters to share some of the reasons they’re thankful for our friends in the green and grey. Here are some of the highlights we received:

“Dear Public Servants: Thank you for your care and love for our national parks. I recently completed a tour of the beautiful and wonderful parks of the Southwest. My grandparents introduced me to the parks at a young age. I’m now 78 years old and still enjoying them.” – Jean B.

Sun peaking out over blue the blue mountaintops with rocks in the foreground at Shenandoah National Park

“At Mount Rushmore, we went in the day time and luckily went back for the evening program with the park ranger – Wow!!! It made the hair stand up on my neck. She made the program SO interesting. Each president seemed to come alive. I wish every grammar school aged child could see this program. I think they would be a better American citizen. The park ranger made all the difference! Thank you to ALL park rangers.” – Alan and Sarah Jane C.

“You’re the guardians of what my children’s children’s children will see and experience! Keep up the great work and thank you for the gift of your stewardship!” – Patricia G.

“You are the best! Your skills and expertise help us understand and appreciate the beauties of our national parks. We will never forget the song about caves sung by our ranger in the dark in Slaughter Canyon [at Carlsbad Caverns National Park] – acapella and beautiful!” – Anita S.

A vibrant sunset sets the background for purple flowers

“In the 1960s our family of five spent many 3-week summer vacations traveling in an adapted “station wagon” to sleep us all, visiting national parks, forests, and monuments. The scenery was enough reward, but at many stops the help, service, instruction, and programs via park rangers added greatly to the experience and what we gained. At the national parks, we put up our tent for extended time, giving more time for ranger programs to learn from and enjoy. Now six decades later, we still enjoy looking at vacation pictures and recalling experiences of those vacations. My thanks again for the parks and the park rangers. Thank you ALL!” – Nancy R.

“I know your job is not appreciated nearly as much as it merits. My brother and significant other worked in the park system, and I grew to love the parks’ ins and outs, as well as the beauty—the great beauty that needs your protection. You should be very proud of your service and the joy you bring to others.” – Joan S.

Join us in thanking the National Park Service for all they do by supporting the national parks and programs to which they dedicate themselves. We also want to hear from YOU! Comment below with your own memories and statements of gratitude for the work they do to preserve our national heritage.

Comments

What a great blog post! Couldn’t agree more with all of these wonderful expressions of gratitude. National Park Service employs some of the best people around: passionate, kind, thoughtful, helpful, fun, and so smart!
Alanna
Sobel
My fondest memories are of the time spent in the national parks with my kid's and grandkids. Every summer we try to roadtrip to the parks for a month or so! They are the single best thing that the government has done. Protecting these lands. Thank you Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir!
George
Georganas
In 2001 we celebrated my child's 10th birthday by backpacking through Haleakala National Park. Haleakala is a magnificent and sacred crater. We walked down the Sliding Sands-Keoneheehee trail, crossed the crater floor, and hiked up the Halemauu trail, camping over several days. I don't know anyone else who has walked this route barefoot, as my brother and child did! And my daughter received a Junior Park Ranger badge and certificate for completing a booklet on the unique plants, animals and places of Haleakala, given to her by the kind and enthusiastic woman Park Ranger.
Alyce
Dodge
Visited Tonto National Monument over the Thanksgiving weekend, and what a treat it was. A little jewel of a historic monument preserving ancient cliff dwellings. What made the visit special was the park ranger Christa's explanation during the guided hike to the upper cliff dwelling. She was very knowledgeable and her presentation really brought out the importance of the historic place. We are blessed to have such places and such people.
Bill
Muni
Took this same tour/hike at Tonto with my wife and sister-in-law in March of 2019. The cactus were in bloom and the husband and wife tour leaders made the hike extra special.
Jay
Lermitte
I'm extra thankful for park service employees during this year doing all they can to help us stay safe and keep the park safe too. Even though I haven't been able to visit as many parks as I would have wanted this year, I am so glad the park service staff created more online content to keep me connected to the parks and has made me even more excited to visit them when the time is right.
Mo
Gallo
You are our heroes who keep up our national treasures for us and future generations. Keep up the awesome work. Jacob
Jacob
Koshy
Steve Phan amazing historical expertise, photos and talks helps so many learn about the importance of the civil war defenses of Washington DC; he knows how we almost became 2 countries without the battle of Ft Stevens saving our nation's capitol in 1864. Kym Elder has been a gem also. So many great NPS rangers!
Martha
Jewett
Thank you to each of you and for all the wonderful care you give to Mother Earth. Miigwich. Painted Turtle Woman
Reta
Underwood
America's beauty shines and is well preserved in our national parks by all of you, our heroes of all park employees. Solute to you all!
Tony
Shen
I have visited over 15 national parks over the years, each unique & special. Thank you, park service employees.
Maureen
Didion
I appreciate all the park employees. Haven't been to a lot of them, but visit the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee a lot and enjoy them so much. It has been about 3 years since my sister and I have been able to visit, but a lot of our family do visit with their children. I love the mountains and especially the history of the park. A big thank you for all of the park rangers and all of the other employees, you are a special group of people and I might add, very blessed to work in the parks.
Carolyn
Swann
Thank you for all you do to make the National Parks so wonderful for all people.
Nelda
Holden
Our National Parks are a priceless gift to our nation and each employee who strives to protect these lands should be shown great respect. It's difficult work as I've seen in places like Yellowstone where some guests sometimes violate their own safety and those of others. The park service rangers are there for our safety as just one of their responsibilities. We should all thank them in person if possible.
Cynthia
McGuiness
Everglades National Park has been a part of my life since I was born. It was literally my backyard. I am grateful that the Park is also a World Heritage Site. It needs to be protected. For 16 years my husband and I full timed in our RV and travelled to all except 2 of the lower 48 (missed Nevada and North Dakota) and we visited most of the National Parks. We worked at Everglades for one season and really got to know the rangers, especially Tony who I'm sure is retired now. They were all wonderful and had a sense of the importance of what they were doing. Thank you all for your hard work.
Sue
Taylor
I work on the Teton National Park as a seasonal employee and this year has definitely been a challenge for everyone. I am so grateful for our park employees because they make the visitors feel thankful they have such wonderful parks to visit! They work hard and have to endure a lot sometimes. Thank you very much for your spirit of kindness!
Shelley
Wigham
Thanks to the great diversity of Rangers at our National Parks. From Glacier to Yellowstone, Arches, Mesa Verde to Grand Canyon over the past 50 years of visits, I love the consistency of your professionalism and guidance in making these visits more than memorable and an inspiration to our young ins.
Ta
Li
A few years back my friend and I went to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. One night they had a Ranger presentation on the remarkable recovery of the California Condor. There wasn't a dry eye by the end of the presentation. I will never forget how passionate a speaker she was and how much information about condor's on-going recovery. I hope they still have that program. Thank you Rangers.
gloria
harris
One of my most valued memories as a child was visiting Yellowstone National Park--Many years and parks later am still enjoying the parks--I just returned from a visit to Organ Pipe National Monument and again it was an amazing place to be. Thank you park rangers for being part of a wonderful experience.
Jan
Jantzer
My daughter, Kaitlyn works at the Monocacy National Battlefield as a biological science technician and is thrilled to go to work each day and assist in any way that she can to preserve one of our national treasures. Even after long says in the field she never has a bad word to say about the park service. Of course, being her father, I am extremely proud of the work she does and I am always sharing it with anyone who listens.
John
Shermer

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