Let’s be real here, we have some pretty neat nature in this world – some might call it “neature.”
What’s so cool about nature in the United States is that you get a different taste of it in every state.
The Colorado Rocky Mountains. The California ocean views. The Kansas rolling prairies. The Alaskan arctic tundra. The Arizona deserts.
And so much more because it really is “America the Beautiful.”
September 26 is the National Environmental Education Foundation’s (NEEF) National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands. NEEF states that each year this holiday brings out thousands of volunteers to help restore and improve public lands around the country.
Whether you define yourself as an adventurous soul or classify “indoorsy” as one of your personality traits – this day is one we can all celebrate and use to enjoy our public lands.
More Ways to Connect to Nature
There are so many ways in which you can participate in National Public Lands Day – road trip to a national park, take part in volunteer work, or just get outside! Luckily, you have some time to prepare before it’s here!
To me, taking a long road trip to public land and camping in the middle of nowhere is the perfect getaway. And, in America, we have more than 400 parks that everyone can visit, each day – even better, on National Public Lands Day, all have free admission! Maybe there’s a place near you that you’ve never been before. Before you take your trip, make sure you check for campground openings, closed trails, and other park guidelines. Practice preparing for a vacation with a national parks road trip activity!
So, now that you have been able to experience the wonderful wonders of our world, let’s dig into the STEM of it all. Our public lands offer all sorts of ways to explore and discover the varied landscapes, history, wide array of wildlife, and science in action.
These public lands are celebrated for their natural beauty and breathtaking views, but we forget to recognize that they also serve as a living laboratory for critical scientific research. Biologists and scientists are found throughout all our national parks where they collect and study data on everything from wildfires to wildlife. It’s important that we have scientists in these lands so they can preserve and protect our parks while also researching issues such as climate change and ecological restoration to keep these parks going for generations to come.
Start learning and practicing how you can become a scientist for national parks with these activities:
Seeing wildlife in the wild is, well . . . wild! Animals, fish, and plants all call these parks home, and the National Park Service works diligently to protect them. All wildlife in these parks contribute to their ecosystem – they each have an important role. Some, such as plants, collect energy from the Sun. Others are consumers and decomposers, using that energy and dead organic material to return nutrients to the environment and contribute to the flow of energy. Queue the song, “Circle of Life.”
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