March 2018 Monthly Theme: Marking New Beginnings

yellow and purple crocuses with brick and clapboard buildings in the background
Early spring blooms emerge after the long winter at Adams National Historical Park.

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Throughout history and across cultures, the spring equinox has symbolized rebirth and new beginnings. How do we find this spirit in parks and public lands?

March 20 is the spring equinox this year and for our March Monthly Theme, we’re encouraging parks, NPS programs, our partners, and our visitors to share stories of new beginnings! So many ideas to explore...blooming wildflowers, fresh starts, newborn wildlife (and keeping both the animals and the public safe), and what the spring season means for cultures and families whose stories are told in America’s national parks and public lands!

  • What’s blooming in your favorite park? Spring wildflowers are emerging and pollinators are starting to get busy!
  • 2018 is the Year of the Bird and many are on the move during spring migration season. What birds are passing through this time of year?
  • Spring is a great time for wildlife watching. As newborn animals emerge, their parents can be especially protective. So there are some great tips for safely viewing wildlife.
  • As you get outside, what sounds do you hear more of in the spring—birds, rushing waters, others?
  • Spring brings longer days and the change from standard to daylight savings time. Many parks are opening or extending hours for the season and bringing on seasonal staff.
  • While some visitors may spend spring break in a park purely for the fun, many spend their break as a volunteer, too!
  • As the weather warms, visitors think about planning summer trips and may be looking for trip ideas and some tips for planning a fun and safe adventure.
  • Explore some historic beginnings this month!
    • The first meeting of the US Congress under the new Constitution took place in March 1789. Do you know where?
    • Alexander Graham Bell received a telephone patent in March 1876 and innovation is celebrated in parks across the country.
    • The Civilian Conservation Corps was established in 1933 on April 5 (almost in March!). Besides offering a new start for many of its members, the work of the CCC gave many parks new beginnings.

Last updated: March 3, 2018