February: Making Space for Every Face

February is Black History Month! Tap into the power of parks for health with us!

Parks can be places for everyone to have fun, connect with their history and culture, and lead healthier, happier, lives. Join us as we celebrate the beauty of Black culture, heritage and stories through virtual conversations, articles, film and more. We will also highlight the work of our Public Health Team and efforts to keep our parks safe!

Opportunities to Engage

Photo of United States Public Health Service Officer
LCDR Gary Riley
  • February 18: Learn more about our PHS Engineers! The NPS Engineer Professional Advisory Committee will host the 2021 Virtual Engineer's Week Awards Ceremony on February 18. The ceremony will celebrate 100 Years of Health, as 2021 marks the 100 year anniversary of the formal partnership with US Public Health Service and National Park Service. Learn more about this important partnership and the work of our PHS engineers by reading the 2021 E-Week Newsletter and checking out the "Engineers at Work" article written by LCDR Gary Riley for Ranger Magazine! For more information on NPS E-Week celebrations, visit Engineers Week - NPS Celebrates! (U.S. National Park Service).
Power of Parks Roundtable on February 25 from 8:30 to 6:00 pm
Couple hiking on rocks. NPS Photo
  • February 25: Join the conversation on the Power of Parks for Health!

To Celebrate Black History Month the National Park Service, Office of Public Health and the National Environmental Education Foundation are joining forces to co-host a Power of Parks for Health roundtable on Thursday, February 25 from 6:30-8:00 PM EST.

To learn more and register for the event visit: February PoP for Health Roundtable.

Social Media

  • Beginning with Black History Month, we encourage visitors, parks and partners to use #MakingSpaceForEveryFace and #YourParkYourHealth #PowerofParksForHealth throughout the year for social media outreach to promote multicultural awareness in parks. For more information on activities for this month, visit February Monthly Themes - Partnerships (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).

Last updated: February 18, 2021