Happy 100th Anniversary, National Park Service!
Posted on August 23, 2016
Ah, the great
outdoors. A favorite pastime for people of all ages. You remember
going camping in national parks with your family when you were a
child. Your dad taught you how to read a map and spot poison oak. As
you got older, you went on camping trips with your friends, and would
eat s'mores by the campfire. When you started your own family, you
took your children camping to all of your favorite spots. You taught
them how to read a map and spot poison oak too. Now, you're ready to
share these experiences with your grandchildren.
Alert1 loves the
great outdoors. Each one of our staff members can share a favorite
camping story with you. When we heard that the National Park Service
was celebrating their 100th anniversary this week, we had
to join the celebration. To help them celebrate, we decided to
reminisce about all the reasons to love the great outdoors—and how
they can still be a part of your life.
Why the Great Outdoors?
As a child, you were
told to go run around outside because it was “good for you.”
Guess what—the same saying still holds true. You are never too old
to spend all afternoon outdoors. While you may not be running around
the backyard or playing next to the lake, a walk in nature helps to
refresh your mind and body.
The Outdoors Boosts Your Mood
Studies have shown
that taking a 15-20 minute walk every day boosts creativity,
concentration, productivity, and your mood. Whenever you're feeling
stuck in a rut, take a walk. Bring a friend with you, and enjoy a
nice conversation while sparking your creativity. You'll find your
mind clearing and your mood improving with each step.
If a walk around
the block helps your well-being this much, imagine what a full day or
weekend spent in the great outdoors would do. You'll come back so
relaxed that all your friends will marvel at the new you. You will be
ready to start some new projects with an improved spring in your
Say Goodbye to Sadness
Being outside boosts
your productivity and mood. It can also alleviate feelings of
depression and sadness. Whenever you notice yourself starting to feel
down, lace on your walking shoes and step outside. It's important for
you to acknowledge your feelings. Being outside helps to make this
Create New Family Memories
When you take your
family out to a national park, you'll remember all of the fun days
you spent as a child camping in various parks. At the same time,
you'll create new memories with your grandchildren that will last a
Did You Know?
The first national
public park was written into effect by Congress in 1872. That park
was Yellowstone National Park. Since then, it has amazed and awed
visitors with its fantastic geyser display and abundant wildlife.
Thanks to Congress
creating this recognition, a movement was started that culminated
with the National Park Service being signed into existence by
President Woodrow Wilson in 1916.
Since then, there
are now more than 400 parks covered and protected by the National
Park Service throughout the United States. Alert1 loves that there
are so many protected outdoor areas for you to visit. There's bound
to be a national park near you.
Tour For Free
Looking for a nation
park to visit? Visit the Nation Park Service website, and search for
national parks near you. You'll discover old favorites, while
learning about new parks to explore. And with the National Park
Service enjoying their 100th anniversary this year, you
and your family will love having free admission during their
anniversary week. Mark your calendars and head to a park near you—you
won't have to pay for admission from August 25th to 28th.
It's Time to Pack Your Backpack
Camping no longer
sound as appealing as it once was? Instead, set up day trips to all
of your favorite places. Many national parks have motels nearby where
you can stay for your ease and comfort.
Enjoy some time with your grandchildren for the weekend and take them
on a free tour of a national pastime. They will love spending time
with you while you renew your spirit. The fond memories you made as a
child while camping you can now share with your grandchildren while
celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Parks
Be sure to pack
plenty of chocolate and marshmallows for the s'mores around the
bonfire, and don't forget the bug repellent! Leave some space for
your camera—you'll need it to capture all of the smiling faces.
You'll soon have new family memories to add to your photo album.
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