A new year, new goals, and new adventures await. Plot your path with parks for the year and how you plan to keep on track while also staying flexible to whatever you may encounter along the way. Explore the endless opportunities to connect with nature, learn about history, and enjoy recreation at more than 400 national parks or with National Park Service programs and partners working with communities across the country.
Join the conversations and share your park experiences on social media using #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque throughout the year. Inspire others with your new year's goals by also adding #PlotYourPath.
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Learn about the National Park Service response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Join the #RecreateResponsibly Movement
Visiting a park? Model best practices to protect America's treasures while looking out for each other's health and safety.
Whether you hope to embrace or escape the cold, explore ways to experience winter in national parks.
A Few Suggestions to Get Started
Looking for ideas or inspiration on how to enjoy national parks at home or in your community this year? Check out a few lists to get started.
Featured Stories and Experiences
This Month's National Park Getaway
Trace the path that Dwight D. Eisenhower took as a military leader and president at a new memorial dedicated to his legacy.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The nation comes together for a day of service and to reflect on Dr. Martin Luther King's vision for civil rights in America.
Following Footprints in the White Sands
A recent discovery of fossilized human footprints gives a rare glimpse into family life in New Mexico during the Ice Age.
A Pueblo Perspective on Mesa Verde
Listen in while Ranger TJ Atsye gives an audio tour following the footsteps left behind by her Pueblo ancestors.
2020 Digital Indian Arts Podcasts
Join Fort Union Trading Post NHS celebrating the the past, present, and future of Indian Arts Showcase.
Walk in the Footsteps of Suffragists
Follow the footsteps—or take a virtual trip—along the route of the Woman Suffrage Procession in DC in 1913.
Women in the National Park Service
Women have shaped the National Park Service since its early days, but opportunities have come a long way since 1916.
Girl Scouts and the 19th Amendment
Girl Scouts can earn a special limited edition patch learning about the suffrage movement and being leaders in stewardship.
Better Lives, Bitter Lies Podcasts
In the 19th & 20th centuries, countless people sailed into San Francisco Bay seeking better lives. Hear their stories.
Charley Harper’s Posters
In the 1970s and 1980s, artist Charley Harper created ten iconic illustrations of the life and landscapes of the national parks.
A Curiosity Kick-Start
Explore! Discover! Share! Use a prompt to help kids think about how a place connects to the bigger picture.
Healthy and Wellness Goals
Many people kick off the new year with a refreshed focus on health and wellness. Take advantage of health benefits of parks for physical and mental well-being this year! Set a personal goal to reach a distance, climb to new heights, or try a new activity. Check park calendars and social media for yearlong challenges and health events hosted by parks as in-person events or virtual experiences.
Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities, park operations continue to adapt to changing conditions while maintaining public access, particularly outdoor spaces. Before visiting a park, please check the National Park Service's public health updates and the park's website to determine its operating status.
Plan Your In-Park Adventure
Visit more than 400 national parks across the country for endless opportunities to immerse yourself in nature, history, and recreational activities. Find resources to plan your next adventure in a national park, including maps, safety tips, and suggested trips.
Find a Park
There are more than 400 national parks across the country. Search for parks by state or an activity or topic of interest to you.
We all need directions sometimes. Find maps of specific national parks, the entire National Park System, and nature and history topics.
Things to Do & Trip Ideas
Find inspiration for specific activities and self-guided itineraries of parks based on your interests.
The illustration includes the road signs and text for "Slippery Road" and "Reduced Visibility".
The infographic includes four driving tips, including drive slowly, increase following distance, turn on headlights, and always wear a seatbelt. More information is on the website "nps.gov".
Roads can be slippery and visibility can be reduced during the winter. Practice these basic winter weather driving tips to keep yourselves and others safe while out enjoying the spectacular winter scenery in parks.
- Drive slowly to adjust for the conditions of the road and your surroundings.
- Increase following distance between you and the vehicles in front of you.
- Turn on your headlights to help others see you and to increase your own visibility.
- Always wear a seatbelt.
Plot Your Virtual Park Path
It's possible to stay connected with national parks 365 days a year! Explore the many virtual experiences offered by the National Park Service and our partners that you can use from anywhere in the world, such as virtual tours, games, webcams, and more.
Paths for Kids
Get the next generation of park stewards engaged with learning, exploring, and caring for our nation's natural and cultural heritage with family-friendly activities that can be done in parks, at home, or in your community.
Educators can find lesson plans and other educational materials for students of all educational levels to do in the classroom or at home.
Teaching with Historic Places
Explore your own neighborhood through educational lesson plans about historic places throughout the country.
Junior Ranger Programs
Find in-park and online opportunities to earn Junior Ranger badges while learning about nature, history, and ways to play in parks.
In Your Neighborhood
National Park Service programs and partners work with communities across the country to preserve America's natural and cultural heritage and provide ways for people to enjoy these special places through recreational opportunities. Discover some of the special places in your neighborhood or ways to get involved.
National Register of Historic Places
Learn your local history through more than 95,000 places officially recognized for their historical significance.
National Historic Landmarks
Visit places throughout the country that shaped our nation's history now recognized as national historic landmarks.
National Natural Landmarks
Explore national landmarks that are recognized for their unique biological and geological character.
Work with Us
Consider joining the National Park Service community as part of our staff or as a partner. There are opportunities for people of all ages, skill sets, educational backgrounds, and interests to get involved. Find information below to get started.
Check out internship opportunities for youth of all ages to get hands-on experience in a variety of career fields.
Become a partner of the National Park Service to protect America's treasures or create opportunities for everyone to enjoy them.
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program helps community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects.
Last updated: January 10, 2021