For 100 years, the National Park Service has been dedicated to protecting health and promoting parks as a health resource for NPS employees and the visiting public. 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of an agreement between the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the National Park Service (NPS) to protect, promote, and advance health in our parks. This anniversary provides and invaluable opportunity to celebrate and tap into The Power of Parks for Health. Join us this month on the theme Health for All: Recreation in the Great Outdoors! We invite you to learn more about how to #RecreateResponsibly and explore the health benefits of spending time in national parks.
- Learn about the history of health in the National Park Service and our partnership with the Public Health Service.
Invite people to get active in parks and find ways to recreate responsibly.
Share information related to growing and maintaining personal and community wellness.
Elevate diverse park stories and experiences connected to health, wellness and nature.
We encourage visitors, parks and partners to use #PowerofParksforHealth, #GreatOutdoorsMonth, #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque hashtags when sharing this month’s messaging on social media.
To promote multicultural awareness in parks throughout the year, use #MakingSpaceForEveryFace, #YourParkYourHealth #PowerofParksForHealth.
We also encourage you to share your own social media posts as you utilize public lands to improve your health. Ideas for Social Media Posts include:
Performing a solo or group activity or exercise in nature
Using health and wellness tips during an outdoor activity
Showing up to a promoted virtual event or roundtable
Participating in a suggested engagement activity like camping or fishing
Day by Day Engagement CalendarLearn about ways to engage and promote this month's theme of Health for All: Recreation in the Great Outdoors!
Everyone has a role to play in promoting parks as a health resource. Become a Park Health Ambassador and register an outdoor experience today! #WellnessWednesday
June is Pride Month! Read the National Park Service’s LGBTQ Pride Guide, an interactive resource for exploring lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) history and places in the United States. #MakingSpaceforEveryFace
Our Public Health Service Officers ensure safe and healthy experiences in parks for everyone by investigating water quality, food safety, waste management, and more in our national parks. Learn more about the work of our officers!
Read today’s #HistoryofHealth feature 100 Years of Health in National Parks, an article written by our own OPH staff.
Have you heard about the Power of Parks for Health Roundtable Series? Check out the recordings for Black History Month and AAPI Heritage month. Find new ways to elevate diverse stories throughout the year and be sure to share with your family and friends #MakingSpaceforEveryFace
Today is Juneteenth and a day to elevate diverse stories! Watch the NPS film Twenty & Odd, directed by Mathew John (NPS Audiovisual Specialist) and produced by six former African American NPS fellows. For a “behind the scenes” look at the story, be sure to read our Companion Guide. Share it with your friends and family!
It’s officially the First Day of Summer! Find a park near you to explore today using our ‘Find a Park’ tool.
Last updated: June 2, 2021