Friendship Friday

Everybody needs a friend! Even the national parks need friends. As part of the National Park Week, today marks Friendship Friday.

The national parks need our time by volunteering and our donations to help continue these great treasures. You can help by supporting one of more than 200 philanthropic organizations that partner with national parks nationwide.  In addition, many national parks have nonprofit associations linked to them. In addition, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of our national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service.

Take a moment to check out one of these friend organizations of the national parks today! Click here for a directory of these organizations.

Happy National Park Week!

Throwback Thursday

National Park Week now brings us Throwback Thursday!

History and memories are made each day at the national parks.  Take a moment to reflect on one of your own favorite national park memories today!

Enjoy a photo of my own Throwback Thursday of the national parks of a pretty special day in my life and then again 15 years later:

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Happy National Park Week!

Earth Day

Earth Day is a global celebration encouraging education and stewardship of the planet’s natural resources.  This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day!

Take a moment and go online to learn about how we can protect our only planet. Click here to learn more about earth sciences. Click here to learn about the leave no trace principles at our parks. For kids, become a junior explorer today by clicking here!

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Cheers to our planet! Happy National Park Week!

Wild Wednesday

National Park Week brings us to Wild Wednesday today! Embrace the wild side of the parks!

To celebrate this day, go wild! You can go on a hike in the wilderness; check out some local wildlife; enjoy some wildflowers; check out the night wild skies; or learn about the wild within the national parks online.

Enjoy some wild photos from last summer at the Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.

Enjoy your wild side! Happy National Park Week!

Transportation Tuesday

National Park Week continues with Transportation Tuesday!

National parks share the stories of transportation throughout the United States.  From the railroads promoting the visitation of national parks out West to the many scenic roads and parkways that exist today.

Today, the national parks work to reduce congestion with park buses to transport visitors around. People can bicycle many national parks as well.

Enjoy this brief overview that discusses transportation system infrastructure the NPS manages and the benefits of transportation to and within parks. Click here to see the video.

Take a moment and think about transportation from the past, present, and future options within these national parks.

Enjoy your next bus or bicycle ride within the park next time!

Cheers to National Park Week!

Military Monday

As part of the National Park Week, today is Military Monday. Today, we recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of the U.S. military and also discover connections and opportunities within the parks.

The National Park Service preserves and shares the stories of the American military over the last three centuries. The relationship between the national parks and our military goes way back.  The U.S. Cavalry served as the first park rangers at our first national park, Yellowstone National Park. Hundreds of soldiers were stationed at Fort Yellowstone.

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During World War II, many parks served as training and care locations for military personnel. Today, dozens of national parks commemorate military battles and achievements.

As you plan your next trip, discover the people who have protected our freedom here in America and learn about the places that shaped our military history and culture.

To honor today, take a minute and appreciate the the service and sacrifice of our military here.

Cheers to National Park Week!

VIP Day

As part of the National Park Week, today is Volunteer in the Parks (VIP) Day. Today, we say thank you to the more than 300,000 volunteers within our national parks. Without their hard work and dedication, these parks would not be the same.

For anyone looking to volunteer in the national park system, click here to see more information.

Thank you to our parks VIPs! We can’t wait to get out there again and see you in person to say thanks!

 

National Junior Ranger Day

Happy National Park Week!  National Park Week is celebrated every April for a week.  National Park Week is a time to explore about these amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, volunteer, and find your park!

Each day this week has a theme and today is National Junior Ranger Day!  The junior ranger program allows people of all ages to “explore, learn, and protect” your national parks by doing some activities to earn their badge. Each park offers different activities or programs.

(And yes, they really mean all ages as I did the program at a national park as an adult and even before having kids as I thought it was so cool!)

I highly recommend checking this program out the next time you visit a cool place within our national park system!

Since you can’t make to a national park right now, you can become a webranger online! Click here for the web site!

In addition, you can become a junior ranger by learning about the importance of sounds outside. Click here for the packet. Once you complete it, you can get a digital high five. See the last page for the direction.

Cheers to the start of National Park Week!