From commemorating extraordinary moments in history to celebrating the solstice and the arrival of summer, what moments of change shaped our history and impact our natural world?
Change is in the air as most schools are out for summer and parks start heating up. For our June monthly theme, parks, programs, and partners can explore the concept of change, whether is is in nature, history, or in our visitor experiences. With the arrival of summer, we're celebrating the Great Outdoors. There are also a number of milestone anniversaries this month. Whether it’s passing of the language of the 19th Amendment by Congress in 1919 (the first step on the road to ratification), the burning of the Cuyahoga River in 1969, or the Stonewall uprising that same year, we can explore iconic and influential moments in history that led to changes that affect Americans today.
For parks, NPS programs, and our partners, here are some thoughts to get your ideas going!
- In history and nature, highlight moments of change that have a meaningful impact. Maybe even weave a story with other NPS parks and programs.
- Consider connecting “moments of change” with other themes this month, such as Pride Month or National Safety Month.
- Tease upcoming changes in your park/program, such as new recreational opportunities, completed maintenance projects, or grants.
- Use exhibits or museum collections to tell the stories of change in history and nature.
- Demonstrate how employees, volunteers, interns, and partnerships are making changes within your park, program, and community.
- Challenge people to change their routines, such as offering best practices and tips for health, preservation, or protecting public lands.
- Recruit volunteers for specific projects that are making changes in the park or community, especially tacking deferred maintenance and adding recreational opportunities.
- Create or highlight kids programs and lesson plans that interpret changes in history and nature.
The social media hashtag for our monthly theme is #MomentsofChange. Don’t forget to use #FindYourPark / #EncuentratuParque so that the NPS national accounts and the National Park Foundation can easily find and possibly share your posts!
Celebrating the Great Outdoors
Let’s encourage everyone to get outside and explore national parks and public lands during Great Outdoors Month! Throughout June, there are great moments to get outside, from National Trails Day to Fishing & Boating Week, National Get Outdoors Day, the Great American Campout, and so much more! (See "Other Activities" below for more information.) In addition to the iconic camping and backcountry experiences, let’s explore the endless variety of outdoor activities—there’s something for everyone and every interest. From picnicking and fishing to bicycling, boating, hiking (and strolling), watching (and listening to) birds and other wildlife, helping park staff maintain a trail or a garden, playing in the sand and surf, watching the sun rise and set, and gazing at the stars.
Consider using your social media platforms to share the top five outdoor activities at your park or site. Ask visitors to share their favorite outdoor experiences. Share photos of activities past and present. Don’t forget to emphasize safety, from weather conditions to hiking tips, trip planning, wildlife watching, and safe selfies! For Great Outdoors Month, the NPS is using the hashtags #GreatOutdoorsMonth, #EscapeTheIndoors, #FindYourPark, and #EncuentraTuParque.
Kicking off of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
In May 1919, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the language that would become the 19th Amendment, and the U.S. Senate passed it in June 1919, kicking off what became a 14-month ratification process. In June 2019, we’ll kick off the NPS commemoration of the 19th Amendment. In social media, the NPS is using the hashtags #NPS19th, #FindYourPark, and #EncuentraTuParque for the 19th Amendment centennial commemoration.
Other June Themes & Activities
Can you find ways to connect any of these additional themes and activities to the monthly servicewide theme or yearlong themes of recreation and tackling deferred maintenance?
- May 31–June 2: Bike Travel Weekend
- Biking news, events, things to do, and trip ideas
- June 1–30: National African American Music Appreciation Month
- African American Heritage articles, news, and events
- Social media hashtag: #AfricanAmericanMusicHertiage
- June 1–30: National Caribbean American Heritage Month
- Social media hashtags: #CaribbeanAmericanHeritage, #CaribbeanParks
- June 1–30: National Ocean Month
- June 1–30: National Safety Month
- June 1–30: Pride Month
- Share articles on Telling All Americans Stories
- June 1–9: National Fishing and Boating Week
- June 1: National Trails Day
- June 5: World Environment Day
- Conservation Movement articles, news, and events
- Social media hashtag: #WorldEnvironmentDay
- June 6: D-Day Commemoration
- World War II articles, trip ideas, lesson plans, news, and events
- Social media hashtag: #DDay, #WWII
- June 6: National Caves & Karst Day
- Caves & Karst photos/video
- June 9: National Get Outdoors Day
- Social media hashtag: #GetOutdoors
- June 8: World Oceans Day
- Oceans, Coasts, & Seashores info
- Social media hashtags: #WorldOceansDay, #OceansNPS
- June 14: U.S. Army Birthday & Flag Day
- American Military articles, news, and events
- June 18–24: Pollinator Week
- Pollinators articles
- Social media hashtags: #PollinatorWeek
- June 19: Juneteenth
- June 22: Great American Campout
- Camping info
- Social media hashtags: #GreatAmericanCampout, #CampingNPS
- June 23–29: National Lightning Safety Awareness Week
Last updated: May 30, 2019