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.
Happy 149th birthday to America’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park!
Check out some of my previous posts about Yellowstone by clicking here and here. There are more blog posts about Yellowstone on here that you can find by just searching my blog by Yellowstone if you’re looking for more!
Cheers to 149 years to this first and amazing national park!
Happy 102 years to the Grand Canyon National Park!
President Teddy Roosevelt urged Americans to protect this great canyon, “What you can do is keep it for your children, your children’s children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American should see.”
For more information on this amazing park, check out a previous blog by clicking here.
If you visit Las Vegas or Arizona, take the time and check out this grand national park! Definitely worth the time and journey!
Explore 400 years of African American experience through this short National Park Service (NPS) video, “Twenty & Odd”.
According to the NPS, this video serves as a visual tool to inform and highlight and to educate the nation as a whole about the trauma, resilience, and beauty of the African American experience in our country developed by the NPS staff and interns. This NPS film provides an opportunity to motivate, educate, inspire, and empower people.
Take about five minutes of your time and enjoy this important video.
Today’s post will highlight five national parks that honor black history during this month of Black History Month. Click on the links below to learn more about these important sites within our national park system and history.
Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site – This national historic site was the home to the “Father of Black History” located in Washington DC. Dr. Carter G. Woodson lived here from 1922 until his death in 1950. Before Dr. Woodson, very little accurate was written about the history about the lives and experiences of Americans of African descent. According to NPS, Dr. Woodson established Negro History Week here in 1926, which we celebrate today as Black History Month.
Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument – This national monument in Mississippi is one of the newer national park sites. Their home commemorates the legacies of two civil rights activists who devoted their lives to ending racial injustice against Black Americans through local and national activism. According to NPS, the assassination of Medgar Evers in 1963 for his efforts to promote racial equality and social justice was one of the key catalysts for passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park – Located in Maryland, this national park honors Harriet Tubman’s bravery and leadership saving and guiding nearly 70 enslaved people to freedom. “When I found that I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything.”~ Harriet Tubman
Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site – This national site in Virginia honors Maggie Lena Walker who devoted her life to civil rights advancement, economic empowerment, and educational opportunities for Jim Crow-era African Americans and women. As a bank president, newspaper editor, and fraternal leader, Walker served as an inspiration of pride and progress.
Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument – Located in Ohio, this national monument honors the legendary all-Black U.S. Army units and their leader, Charles Young. Col. Young was a distinguished officer in the U.S. Army, the third African American to graduate from West Point, and the first to achieve the rank of colonel. In addition, he was the first African American to serve as a superintendent of a national park. Buffalo Soldiers were pretty much the first park rangers.
These are just a few national park sites honoring African Americans in the national park system. Check out these cool and important places!
I’m still dreaming about travel. We usually travel to Florida around this time of year. So, I decided to go there today. Come with me! I’m traveling to the Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida. Virtually!
Did you know that this national park sits about 70 miles west of Key West? You can only access it by boat or seaplane. This 100-square-mile national park contains Fort Jefferson (one of the largest 19th century forts), coral reefs, an assortment of bird life and marine life, and two light houses here.
Did you know that 99% of this national park is underwater?
Click on this link and let’s check it out on this virtual tour! Enjoy your journey with me to the Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida. Hope it gave you a moment of escape, wonder, and travel for a few minutes!
Happy 106th anniversary to Rocky Mountain National Park!
In 1915, Congress created the Rocky Mountain National Park. Named after the mountain range, this mountain range is one of the world’s longest mountain ranges stretching from Alaska down to Mexico.
Rocky Mountain National Park lies in north central Colorado covering 415 square miles. And it is not too far from Denver!
Rocky Mountain National Park is a great place to go on some fun hikes, experience the mountains, drive the epic Trail Ridge Road, see wildlife, and enjoy the outdoors. If you’re in this area or looking for a great national park to visit next, I highly recommend that you check out Rocky Mountain National Park.
Enjoy a photo below of me hiking a trail in this national park back in June of 2006.