I think there is something that needs to be called to attention. When I have been talking about the National Parks I have often been referring to them as our parks. I think this is such an important distinction.
These lands are ours. We are meant to care and look after them. While on the shuttle, winding your way in the shadow of Zion Canyon a voice talks about the responsibility that has been bestowed on us to care for and nurture the lands we have been given.
I personally that God gave us this beautiful, wonderful, mysterious, and oh so powerful Earth so that we may cherish and care for it. Just as you would respect anything else that is yours.
Keep It Wild Co. shares this vision with me. They too believe that we are to nurture the land that we have so freely been given and should do what we can to keep them from harm. Keep it Wild reaches beyond National Parks and heads up cleanups in state and local parks as well.
They take the funds from their store and sponsor wilderness cleanups. You can buy some of their gear in support of the work that they are doing. OR you can even be a part of the cleanups! Check out more here: https://keepitwildco.ticketleap.com/
In keeping on topic for the month of August. Lets continue celebrating our National Parks!
I was perusing a comprehensive list of national parks and found I have only been to a measly 9. Out of 60! I must say I am quite disappointed in myself and am going to make a much greater effort to see more in the (hopefully near) future. See the list below (to count again after last week).
Overall this makes me realize the amount of profoundly unique and breathtaking landscapes make up our great country. With just a few of those places protected and preserved in the form of our National Parks.
On my most recent trip I drove from Kansas, where I live, all the way out to Zion on my way to California. I pitched a tent and had a magical two night stay in the canyon of reds and oranges. It was after this stop on my trip social media introduced me to an organization called Parks Project.
This company is an outdoor outfitter whose proceeds go to.. you guessed it projects that help our parks! Their clothing and accessories are something to swoon over. I am personally eyeing their map of the US National Parks. And with the proceeds actually benefiting and preserving our beloved lands, it is money worth spending.
Take a look for yourself! get something that looks great for you, and no need to feel guilty because you are doing good too! You can also then track the progress of projects they are supporting such as grassland restoration and planting native species.
I was lucky enough to grow up in a household that encouraged the outdoors. We spent time riding bikes, going to parks, and boogie boarding to our hearts content. With all of this time spent out there I came into a long term and loving relationship with nature.
This love is compounded every time I set foot in a National Park. Their untouched feeling and grand landscapes can make anyone’s heart soar.
I want to take this month to highlight these magical landscapes and the companies helping to keep them up, running, and looking more beautiful every year.
The obvious start to this month is the National Park Service. The NPS is the curators and caretakers of our National Parks. They make sure the wildlife, and the visitors are safe and well cared for so that the parks can be enjoyed for generations to come.
They are one of my favorite organizations and they hold a special place with me for all the work they do to keep some of my all time favorite places looking beautiful.
There are 60 National Parks in the US. How many have you been to?