Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Today is National Public Lands Day, the “largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands” in the U.S., which includes free admission to U.S. national parks, monuments, and forests. It’s my goal to see as many national parks as possible — and I better live to be 115 because I have a long way to go — and I’ve shared images and stories from several such vacations here at Digging.
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Four years ago I invited fellow bloggers to share their own national park stories in a meme I called Bloggers’ Celebration of Our National Parks:
“Last week I invited other bloggers to post their favorite stories or pictures of a national park they’ve visited. I’d just watched Ken Burns’ series The National Parks, which illustrates how America’s attitude toward its national parks has evolved over time: from an emphasis on scenery that should be preserved from rapacious development; to a vacation destination to rival Europe; to a potential source of oil or grazing lands in times of national trouble; to a slow recognition that the native fauna—particularly predators, which had been systematically eradicated from the parks—are an integral part of the ecosystem; to a source of both national pride and intimate family histories, as each generation takes its children to the parks and passes on a love for the grandeur of their natural beauty.
People who love gardens tend also to love Mother Nature’s garden, and we’ve had the sense to preserve some of her best handiwork in the national parks. So readers, please join me this week in celebrating a national park you have visited by posting about it. It’s not about perfect photos (although those are welcome!) but personal stories of discovery.”
Everglades National Park, Florida
I collected everyone’s links and posted them here in a handy list, organized alphabetically by park. Four years later, I think it’s high time I updated the list with new posts about national parks, forests, monuments, etc. that we have visited. If you’d like to join in, just send me your links to any posts about national parks (non-U.S. too!) that you’ve written. I’ll post an updated list of links at the end of October, which I hope will serve as a vacation guide, inspiration to visit national parks, and a reminder to protect and preserve these national treasures for future generations.
Meme: Bloggers’ Celebration of National Parks
When: Now through the end of October
How: Post about your visit to a national park, monument, forest, etc. (national, not state, please); other countries’ national parks are welcome too! Come back to this post and share your link in the comments section. (To get the link, just click on the title of your post and copy the URL, then come here and paste it in your comment.)
Who: Any blogger who wants to join in! Non-bloggers are welcome to share brief stories of national park visits in the comments section.
Yosemite National Park, California
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