What a great idea!
Get out your reusable bags and Nalgene water bottles cause it’s Go Green Week! Spring has finally sprung here in West Virginia and Friday just happens to be Earth Day so there’s no better time to get your green on. There are lots of ways to be more Earth friendly but I can’t think of a better place to start than protecting all the great parks we have across our nation. Whether they are big or small, national or local, parks give us a place to remember how amazing nature truly is. I’m so thankful that parks give us a place to picnic, throw a Frisbee, take a nature walk, or go camping. Sure there are lots of trendy ways to go green, but sometimes it’s the simplest things in life that make the biggest impact.
The National Parks Conservation Association was founded in 1916 to help protect and enhance America’s National Park system for both present and future generations. NPCA values the history and culture that our national parks are steeped in. Americans expect their parks to have clean air, healthy wildlife, and well-preserved land marks. NPCA has been fighting back against air pollution, climate change, and underfunding to make sure these natural gems survive. NPCA is unique because it is the only private non-profit organization in the nation dedicated solely to protecting our National Parks System. I don’t know about you but there’s some national parks I still want to see in my lifetime, and definitely want my children to see one day. Growing up in the South with a huge yard we didn’t have to go to a city park to see grass, but kids in New York city do. City Parks Foundation helps support over 750 parks in all five boroughs in NYC that don’t have access to private funding. CPF helps to revive parks by creating free creative arts, sports, and educational programs that the communities around the parks flock to. Over 600,000 New Yorkers are reached through CPF’s programs which revitalize and rejuvenate some of the most under served areas in the city. CPF also has a great program called SummerStage where they present a diverse line-up of free performances that introduce the people of New York to budding new artists. They have held outdoor performances for all ages, races, and backgrounds for over 25 years, and the people just can’t get enough. Seriously, what’s better than live music, good weather, and a beautiful park to experience it in?
National Parks Conservation Association Donation
City Parks Foundation Donation
So here’s to you parks! You are the heartbeat of America. Children can run, play, collect bugs, and get dirty all within your boundaries. Sometimes you are extremely vibrant, lush, and green and other times you’re full of red rocks, dust, and scorpions, but both are equally as beautiful. You help us remember that a little dose of nature goes a long way, and provide a haven for us to think, talk, and be thankful.