Friday, April 22, 2011
Earth Day, First Bloom & the National Park Service
If you have read my profile, you know I am a Park Ranger for the National Park Service. The very nature of our daily service revolves around preservation, and in my particular devision, Interpretation and Visitor Services, helping people make an intellectual and emotional connection to our resources. In the NPS we are thankful for the public who recognizes Earth Day, and this year, it falls within National Park Week, when we celebrate the founding of the National Park Service.
In a nutshell, our mission statement is:
"...to promote and regulate the use of the...national parks...which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."
National Park Service Organic Act, 16 U.S.C.1.
For the past few years, many parks have participated in First Bloom, connecting youth with their National Parks through native plants. Visit the main website for First Bloom where you can vote for your favorite garden design and find printable activities and games.
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