This February we're excited to share the inspiring stories and history of African Americans in our national parks.

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The Legacy of Harriet Tubman

A historic, black and white portrait photo of Harriet Tubman

Few women have national park sites dedicated to them – Harriet Tubman has two. Explore the landscapes of her early life on Maryland’s Eastern shore and discover her remarkable second act in Auburn, New York. Harriet’s incredible story is a reminder that civil rights can be fragile, but a single person who takes personal action to fight for those rights can make a difference for humanity. Our national parks give us a chance to learn about our past and reflect on the leaders like Harriet Tubman whose visions carried us into the present – providing us the opportunity to stand where heroes stood.

Lights, Camera, Parks!

A man stands on top of a large rock, looking out at rolling hills covered in fall-turned trees at Shenandoah National Park

What do national parks and your favorite childhood movie have in common? They’re both infused with a big helping of nostalgia and time spent with family when anything was possible. Favorite childhood movies inspire our imaginations to run wild. Visiting national parks goes one step further, teaching visitors of all ages about nature, culture, history, and more. Tell us your favorite childhood movie and we’ll tell you which national park to visit.

The Home of an American Renaissance Man

The front of Frederick Douglass's house stands two stories tall with a large, open front porch, edged with bright red and pink flowers.

Trips to Washington, D.C. are often crammed with snapping photos along the National Mall and spending time at Smithsonian museums. But nearby you can find a smaller, less frequented park packed with American history – Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Climb a hill up to Cedar Hill estate, where Douglass lived from 1877 until his passing, and explore the fascinating life and legacy of this dynamic, brilliant man. Packed with thousands of original objects that belonged to the Douglasses, this unique park honors the spirit of Douglass’s tireless struggle, inspiring words, and inclusive vision of humanity.

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Flight 93: A Lasting Legacy

The Tower of Voices stands tall against the back drop of a blue and pink sunset at Flight 93 National Monument

On the morning of September 11, 2001, a quiet field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania was forever changed when 33 passengers and 7 crew members courageously gave their lives to thwart a major terrorist attack on our nation. Today, Flight 93 National Memorial serves as our nation’s tribute to honor those who were lost and to ensure their stories live on. Learn more about the memorial’s unique design and how you can stay involved through annual events.

Find Your Perfect Park

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Ready to plan your next national park adventure? Whether you’re looking for a camping getaway, an escape to the seaside, a cityscape escapade, or a brush with history, the options are endless with over 400 national park sites to explore. With so many parks to choose from, it can be hard to pick which one to visit next. Use our Find Your Park Quiz to find the perfect park for your next visit.

Every Park Has a Connection to Women

A woman sits near a mountain top ledge with her hiking pack beside her, looking at the scenery of the trail in front of her.

National parks represent our shared history and the multidimensional story of our country, in all its glory and complexities. Often women’s experiences are not specifically highlighted as part of that shared history, and people may not be as familiar with these stories. The National Park Foundation invites you to dig deeper into the past and present contributions of women related to the places, communities, and history in the national parks system, as every park has a connection to women.

In Case You Missed It

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This Month's Quiz

A brick, gambrel barn building located by the docks is the visitor center at New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park

Which national park unit honors the work and legacy of “the Father of Black History” – the historian whose work grew into what is now celebrated as Black History Month?

Congratulations to last month’s winner, Kelly Wesney, from High Point, NC who knew that New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park includes the port from which author Herman Melville departed on the 18-month voyage that inspired his 1851 novel Moby Dick. A 21-year old Melville set out on the whaleship Acushnet in 1841.


Way to go, Kelly!

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