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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
Did you know that you check out and take a virtual tour of some of the most popular national parks online? I know that I need an escape from everything going on right now and wanted to share it with others.
The National Park Service (NPS) has a great website with a ton of tours, videos, webcams, photos, articles, and other excellent resources.
First, I have to share my favorite national park, Yellowstone National Park. Click here to virtually tour parts of Yellowstone like the Mud Volcano area, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Mammoth Springs, and some other areas.
You can also check out another one of my favorites, the Grand Teton National Park, by clicking here.
Who has seen the 1977 movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind? The film used this unique tower in Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming. You can visit it virtually and check out this distinct tower by clicking here.
I have always wanted to visit Denali National Park in Alaska. Click here to take a virtual tour of this national park.
Take a virtual tour of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York by clicking here.
The national park service has a ton of other online opportunities to virtually explore our national park treasures. Click here for NPS’s main page and search your interests.
Take a minute and enjoy our country’s beauty and treasures online. It will do wonders for the soul during these tough times right now.
Happy 148th birthday to America’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park!
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Saint Augustine
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 itching to read more!
To celebrate, take a minute and mark a visit to this amazing national park on your calendars. Check it off your bucket lists as it is a must vacation in your life!