Best of the ‘Net: It’s National Park Week

Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir at Yosemite

Best of the ‘Net is NPCA’s weekly roundup of fun park-related stuff online.

It’s here! As National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said earlier this week, “National Park Week provides an opportunity to appreciate the landmarks, monuments and historical landscapes that define our national identity.” There are a few days remaining in National Park Week 2013, which means if you haven’t yet visited one of the 401 national park units–you still have time.

  1. Today is National Arbor Day. Huffington Post put together this great slideshow of some of the famous trees around the world, and you can be certain America’s Sequoia trees are among them.
  2. Park Service Director Jon Jarvis wrote this story about National Park Week on the White House blog reminding us that our national parks (natural, historical, and cultural) are great places for recreation, learning, volunteering, and exploring.
  3. This Kickstarter project asks a tough question: “What will happen to the public lands in this country when the majority of Americans don’t feel a personal connection to the outdoors?” This project’s end goal is to produce a feature-length documentary of the first African-American expedition to summit North America’s highest peak, Denali’s Mt. McKinley. The expedition takes place this summer.
  4. The earthquake that rumbled the DC area two years ago left the Washington Monument in need of repair. Over the last month, DC residents have watched the scaffolding slowly build to the top of the monument. Check out these FAQs (and cool photo) from the National Park Service about the scaffolding and projected timeline of completion.
  5. April 21 was John Muir’s 175th birthday. Sierra Club has a great online John Muir exhibit celebrating Muir and the important work he did protecting our most unique of landscapes.

Did you explore a national park unit this week? Tell us about it—or take our poll!

About the Author

Senior Coordinator for Online Communications Megan Cantrell

Megan Cantrell is social media manager for NPCA and loves to bike, hike, and volunteer in our national parks as much as she can.