Exciting things are afoot at America’s national parks. Here’s the scoop on brand new parks, an upcoming big birthday, and a new initiative that aims to get more kids enjoying nature.
This week, the National Park Service inducted three new national parks into the system. Pullman National Monument is Chicago’s first national park. The park preserves the historic district that was an industrial town for the Pullman Company in the 1880s. Honouliuli National Monument in Hawaii is the site of a World War II Japanese internment camp. And Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado protects an area of outstanding natural beauty and world-class recreational activities.
Every Kid in a Park
What a year to be a fourth grader. The new Every Kid in a Park initiative gives kids who will be in fourth grade during the 2014-2015 school year, plus their lucky families, free access to national parks and public lands.
The National Park Service turns 100 in August of 2016. The Park Service and the National Park Foundation are already working on ways to get every American to “explore, learn, be inspired or to simply have fun in their 407 national parks.” Expect events throughout the year at parks around the country, and know that if you’re planning a national park trip in the summer of 2016, you’ll likely need to book early to beat the rush.
(Photo: Bureau of Land Management via Flickr)
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