December 2020 Monthly Theme: Find Peace in Parks

Two visitors taking a selfie by a frozen creek

NPS / Jacob W. Frank

Many people find peace in remarkable places. As winter settles in and many of us dream about hibernating, let's explore how parks can be places of healing, inspiration, and peace.

The holidays can be a stressful time for many people. Let’s remind ourselves of the peace that can be found in visiting parks. Some parks become serene winter wonderlands blanketed in snow, others offer vacation getaways or festive fun. Winter can offer a different kind of peace for plants and animals as they adjust to their changing environment.

  • Highlight recreational opportunities to escape to parks to find peace, whether embracing the cold or running away from it.

  • Ask staff and visitors to share their happy place in parks or moments created through NPS programs and partnerships.

  • Follow journeys of plants and wildlife, such as hibernating, that make lifestyle changes during the winter season.

  • Spotlight winter phenomenon, such as the northern lights, that only happen during the colder months.

  • Post photos or a gallery of peaceful scenes in parks.

  • Follow winter staff in the park to show the continuing work, including historic preservation, maintenance, natural resource studies, and more, that happens during the winter.

  • Encourage people to check out volunteer and internship opportunities.

  • Share lesson plans for nature in winter or how past cultures spent their winter months.

  • Plan itineraries of how people can enjoy a winter wonderland or sunny escape in the winter.

Featured Webpages

During December, the National Park Service will feature websites and webpages related to the monthly theme:

Social Media

The National Park Service, National Park Foundation, and all our partners are encouraged to use #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque hashtags on park- and NPS program-related social media posts to continue to inspire everyone to find their personal connections to national parks.

When sharing posts related to this month's messaging on social media, also use the hashtag #FindingPeace.

More December Themes & Activities

Every month, the National Park Service celebrates different national holidays and initiatives that provide opportunities to share our mission through websites, social media, and other platforms. Find information on a related topic on, hashtags that national parks are using, and other messaging tools to use on these special days.


Last updated: October 14, 2020