April 23, 2015
April 18-26 is National Park Week. National parks are amazing places, with open spaces, historic attractions, and recreational opportunities for everyone at every age. In honor of National Park Week, Eco News Network encourages you to celebrate by finding a National Park near you. You’ll see that a national park is more than just a place — it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride.
In addition to celebrating National Park Week, recently the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation launched the Find Your Park campaign to recognize the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service. Check out his Find Your Park video Bill Nye (scientist). featuring Bill Nye (scientist) below.
Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide. Find Your Park also encourages people to find their own personal connections within the network of national parks and public lands.
“There is something for everyone in our 407 national parks, whether it is the breathtaking landscapes or the historical and cultural sites that tell the story of our country,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “As we approach the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, this is a perfect time for all Americans – especially young people – to Find Your Park, from neighborhood parks to national parks and all public lands in between.”
“We believe that Find Your Park will inspire people everywhere to engage more deeply and more often with the National Park Service and its transformative work in communities across the country,” said National Park Foundation Interim President Dan Wenk. “By connecting the next generation with our national parks in meaningful ways, we are building a movement that will help ensure that these special places are protected well beyond the next 100 years.”
Corporate supporters of the National Park Foundation’s Find Your Park include American Express, Budweiser, Subaru, REI, Humana and Disney. Additional partners include Coleman, Coca-Cola and Accenture.
To #FindYourPark and learn more about the campaign visit www.findyourpark.com. You can also find the National Park closest to you and plan your next adventure by visiting http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm.
Video and photos courtesy of National Park Service and FindYourPark.com