Looking for something to do? Take time to volunteer! Across the United States, people dedicate their personal time to volunteer in parks to accomplish a wide variety of tasks. There are opportunities for youth, families, groups and individuals!
You can participate by volunteering in National Parks through the National Park Service. Over 100,000 volunteers from all over the world help to preserve and protect America’s natural and cultural heritage. Click here to learn more.
Photo courtesy of NPS.
Learn more about public lands!
- Weathering and erosion – the wearing down of rock by wind and water – play a big role in parks in the southwestern U.S. The Grand Canyon in Arizona was carved out by the Colorado River over millions of years! Learn more about erosion of rocks.
- The highest recorded wind gust observed by man at the Earth’s surface was 231 miles per hour! This happened on April 12, 1934 on Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Mount Washington is 6,288 feet high and is the only peak that reaches over 6,000 feet in the northeastern United States. Nearly the whole mountain is a part of the White Mountain National Forest, with 59 acres being occupied by Mount Washington State Park.
- Last year, over 175,000 people volunteered for National Public Lands Day at 2,237 public land sites! They built trails, cleaned up trash, removed invasive plants and planted over 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants in National Parks and other public lands throughout the country. You, your family, your school or your community can participate in this year’s celebration on September 27, 2014.
First image of the Grand Canyon courtesy of Ann Posegate. Second image of Mount Washington courtesty of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. Third image courtesy of National Public Lands Day.