By: Halle Lynn
Join us in wishing our partners at the National Park Service a happy birthday on August 25, 2023.
The National Park Service‘s mission is to extend “the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and around the world.” These goals set forth by the National Park Service (NPS) are often carried out through their partnerships with Conservation Corps. As NPS approaches its 107th birthday this August 25th, let’s celebrate how national parks have worked with Corps to improve public lands, the environment, and the lives of Corpsmembers and visitors alike.
The Corps Network, and many individual Conservation Corps, share a similar mission to NPS with an additional emphasis on the lives and development of young people. Based in different parts of the country, these programs have individual goals with Corps-specific projects. However, whether the projects are basic HVAC maintenance or the evaluation of wildlife habitats, the mission of NPS is a foundational element in the goals and values of each program. Conservation Corps help carry out their missions by providing career and workforce-based skills and education while fostering a community that teaches, appreciates, and gives back to the environment and our public lands. In doing so, they are fostering the next generation of service and conservation leaders and providing safe and accessible public lands.
This August, NPS is remembering why they were created. For over a hundred years, the National Park Service has set out to “preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.” The work of Conservation Corps and the young people who are a part of them, help to move this initiative forward with every project.
Help celebrate with the National Park Service this August by visiting a national park, participating in their #YourParkStory feature, or engaging in their other social media birthday campaigns. Visit the NPS website for more details.