September 15 to October 15 is celebrated nationwide as National Hispanic Heritage Month. It traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans. More than 500 years of Hispanic and Latino history and heritage can be found in national parks or shared through National Park Service programs and partners in communities across the country.
Hispanic generally refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a Spanish-speaking country.
Latino, Latina, Latine, or Latinx, generally refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a country in Latin America. It is often a personal choice which term is used by an individual. There are a lot of connections between Latino and Hispanic American identity in the US, so National Hispanic American Heritage Month celebrations often include Latino Americans as well.
During this month and throughout the year, we, and our partners, share history, heritage, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present. Join the conversation on social media by sharing your own inspiration and learning more about Hispanic and Latino heritage by using #HispanicHeritageMonth and #EncuentraTuParque.
Find History and Heritage All Year
Discover stories and cultural heritage shared in national parks and communities across the country.
This theme study for students, teachers, and historic preservation professionals discusses various topics of Latino culture.
Find distance learning opportunities, lesson plans, and other educational material about history and heritage for all age groups.
My Park Story
From national parks to historic landmarks to gathering spaces in your community, the National Park Service protects places that connect us to our past, to ourselves, and to one another. Whether you've been awestruck by the power of nature, shared meaningful moments with family, or come together with your community to preserve your favorite open space, your story matters. Share you story using #MyParkStory.
Mi Parque, Mi Historia
Ya sea que se trate de un parque nacional, de un monumento histórico o de alguno de los lugares favoritos de reunión en tu comunidad, el Servicio de Parques Nacionales (NPS, por sus siglas en inglés) se ocupa de la protección de esos espacios que nos conectan con el pasado, con nosotros mismos y con los nuestros.Comparte tu historia utilizando el hashtag #MiParqueMiHistoria.
Latinos en Capas, "Latinos in Layers"
Astrid and Franklin bridged poetry, art, science, and culture together in a poem inspired by Florrisant Fossil Beds National Monument.
Park Art Connections
Latino Heritage Internship Program interns created artwork of park places, stories, and experiences that inspired them.
Creating Connections through Education
Follow Ranger Yvette's journey from teacher to director of education at Everglades National Park, a place very special to her.
Todos Somos, Somos Uno: We Are All, We Are One
Hispanic and Latino American communities are extremely rich with diversity while also sharing common threads that bind us all together. This year's National Hispanic Heritage Month theme "Todos Somos, Somos Uno: We Are All, We Are One," celebrates the many unique roots of our individual identities as well as our unity and shared identity.
Visit national parks or places in your community to explore Hispanic and Latino American identities and connections..Find some stories below from national parks or our programs that go beyond our park boundaries.
Hispanic and Latino National Park Service staff are "proud of our past, embracing our future".
The Oíste? podcast series takes listeners on a rhythmic journey through the world of salsa.
"American History, Hispanic History"
For Hispanic Heritage Month, Ranger Lili shares fascinating history from national parks.
We Are Chamizal!
We are a diverse group of people. We share the beautifully complex history of a conflict and resolution between two countries.
Connecting Conservation Across Countries
Three university students from Mexico traveled to Cape Cod National Seashore for an exchange of conservation ideas.
Latino LGBTQ Gathering Spaces
Explore places LGBTQ Latinos came together, formed groups, and created a deeper sense of what it means to be both Latino and LGBTQ.
A Continuing Tradition of Service
Hispanic and Latino Americans have shaped the National Park Service since its beginning in 1916. The tradition continues today with Hispanic and Latino Americans working as employees, volunteers, interns, and partners in many career fields of the National Park Service, including natural and cultural resource management, law enforcement, interpretation, administration, and much more.
Credit: (Courtesy of Nicole Segnini)
Credit: (NPS Photo)
Learn about George Melendez Wright's lasting legacy of natural resource management in national parks.
Join Jhulian Gutierrez for a conversation with Latino leaders in the National Park Service as he begins his career.
Park Websites en Español
Explore parks in Spanish! Several parks have created Spanish-language websites to help visitors plan their trips or learn about their park.
Once the site of an international border dispute, this park in Texas celebrates the cultures and relationship of Mexico and United States.
The distinct desert ecosystems of the Mojave and Colorado deserts meet in this park in southern California.
Children of all ages are welcome to participate in these activities specifically designed for them! Learn about Latino and Hispanic history, such as early Spanish settlers, and how natural and man-made resources affected the culture of New Mexico, become a virtual ranger, and more!
Last updated: September 15, 2023