National Park and Recreation Month: Explore Your Parks

“This land is your land, this land is my land, from California to the New York Island, from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters, this land was made for you and me.” ~Woody Guthrie, 1940

There are 84 million acres of iconic, treasured and sacred places protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks – and it all belongs to you and me. July is National Parks and Recreation Month, and the best way to celebrate is to visit a National Park near you. National Parks are living examples of the best this nation has to offer in terms of our magnificent natural landscapes and our varied yet interrelated heritage. Parks can provide recreational experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and places of quiet refuge. Read about the history of our National Parks and learn more about what they have to offer at: Also, the National Park Foundation provides a page of free publications at where you can download An Owner’s Guide to America’s National Parks; Happy Trails: 25 Unforgettable National Park Hikes; and Parks For Play: 35 great national parks to be enjoyed specifically by kids and families.

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