Gather folks ‘round the campfire—literal or figurative—to listen to stories. In the proud tradition of rangering, many stories are told in national parks about history, nature, journeys, lore, and personal memories. And many ways to tell them, including oral traditions, artwork, performances, literature, poetry, albums and scrapbooks, and now sharing on social media. What are your favorite stories? And which will you share?
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Stop for a moment to experience and reflect on the world around you. Create your own campfire—literal or figurative—to gather around with family and friends to tell stories, share memories, and let your imaginations run wild together. (Footage provided by and belongs to More Than Just Parks)
Arts of Storytelling in Parks
Thousands of years of storytelling are preserved in national parks and through National Park Service programs and partnerships in communities. We share stories through ranger talks, artwork, museum exhibits, live performances, living history events, cultural demonstrations, and more. Explore different arts of storytelling, find parks to visit, learn about the work we do, and find ideas and activities to tell your own stories.
Music is one of the oldest forms of storytelling and sharing cultural heritage between generations and with others.
Brush strokes can paint a telling narrative or inspire others to discover more about the pictures we create.
Photography captures moments in time for us to reflect back and to chronicle our own journeys.
Tell Your Stories
Be a storyteller on social media! Share your stories, photos, memories, and connections to national parks! Use the hashtag #TellingStories, #FindYourPark, or #EncuentraTuParque to help inspire others to discover new stories and find their personal connections to national parks.
#FindYourPark Friday Art
Join the National Park Foundation, our official partner, in a weekly tradition of sharing art inspired by beauty, stories, and experiences in national parks. Share your artwork of any style of your choice on social media using #FindYourPark. It may even be featured in the #FindYourPark Friday Gallery!
Write Out Challenge October 11-25, 2020
Write Out is a free two-week event hosted by the National Park Service and the National Writing Project to encourage educators, students, and everyone to explore national parks and other public spaces to connect and learn through place-based writing and sharing. Sign up for a series of online activities leading up to a celebration on the National Day of Writing on October 20.
History Discovery Events
Interested in creating lessons or events to tell history? Explore resources inspired by the great work of our peers to help history practitioners design, implement, and evaluate educational materials and events to connect people, places, and histories.
Featured Kids Activities
National Park Service staff and partners use storytelling to connect people with the nation’s rich and diverse natural and cultural heritage found in national parks and communities. Explore some of the stories they telling for discussions now, including 400 years of African American history, the centennial of the 19th Amendment, and Hispanic Heritage Month.
19th Amendment Podcasts
Join Rosario Dawson and Retta as they discover often surprising stories of women’s suffrage. There’s a time-traveling story for kids, too!
Suffrage in Sixty Seconds Video Series
One-minute videos highlight suffrage subjects and the heroes who made woman suffrage a reality—even after the passage of the 19th Amendment.
Proud of Our Past, Embracing Our Future
National Park Service employees share their rich Hispanic and Latino cultural heritage and history.
The Legacies of Latino Homesteaders
NPS intern Verónica Barreto takes a closer look at the lives of Latino homesteaders and their important part in the American story.
Raising the Flag
Seventy-five years after an iconic photo capturing the spirit of the Marine Corps was taken, Marines share what their memorial means.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Audio Tour
Follow the life of Dwight D. Eisenhower as told through an audio tour of the newest national memorial in DC.
National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation (NPF), an official partner of the National Park Service, explored different ways people tell stories to interpret history, reflect on people's journeys, make personal connections, and share cultural heritage in national parks.
Celebrating Black History
A group of National Park Service filmmakers show what happens when stories are told by the people closest to them.
Uncovering the Untold Stories
A partnership supports humanities scholars to uncover new insights into American history through research in national parks.
An Artistic Journey of a Park Ranger
Artist Elijah Prince talks about his art series depicting a woman “growing” through national parks and becoming a park ranger.
More than the Stuff of History
Megan Springate brings the stories of the women's suffrage movement and 19th Amendment to the forefront during centennial commemoration.
Illuminating Women's Histories
Two history interns hope to amplify women's voices and histories with parks through expanded storytelling.
Wisdom of Women Conservationists
The Women in Parks initiative shares quotes as part of its goal to unearth, elevate, and amplify women’s stories.
Learn the ABCs
Go through the alphabet to learn some of the many job duties and roles that people can have as stewards of national parks.
Distance Learning on the Mississippi
A partnership has created an opportunity to provide online learning resources to young park enthusiasts and families to stay connected.
Trains of Thought
Two passionate railroad enthusiasts, a park ranger and a curator, connect history and heritage through railroads.
The 19th Amendment and Beyond
August 26, 2020, marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment of the US Constitution giving women the legal right to vote. In commemoration of the centennial, we are exploring the complex history involving Americans of all backgrounds fighting for and against women voting. Learn ways that storytelling through different means was used by the women’s suffragist movement and continues to be used today to tell their stories.
Symbols of the Suffrage Movement
Recognizable symbols were used throughout the women's suffrage movement to invoke a narrative.
Like Cats and Dogs
Cats and dogs were popularly used by contemporary cartoonists to tell people about perceived gender roles and women's suffrage.
Differences of opinion in the women's suffragist movement may have influenced use of photographs in media.
Telling LBGTQ History
October is LBGT History Month celebrating the successes and contributions of the LBGTQ community, as well as examining challenges it faced through history. Explore stories preserved in national parks and in communities through National Park Service programs and partnerships. Learn more about LBGTQ heritage.
Storytelling has been a part of the tradition of national parks since the beginning. Traditionally park rangers and guides shared knowledge of natural and cultural heritage to adventurous tourists and researchers exploring unique places that were set aside for future generations. Today National Park Service rangers strive to be leaders in interpretation using both traditional and innovative ways to connect people with America's treasures preserved in national parks and in their own backyards. Meet some of the storytellers of different career fields to learn about how share stories.
Women of the National Park Service
A collection of stories highlights women employees, interns, and volunteers in a variety of career fields.
Tales of Two Parks
Tahmoor Chadury is spending his internship capturing employee stories showing the possibilities for everyone to be connected to parks.
Portraits of Acadia
Yehyun Kim with the Friends of Acadia collect stories and images of park staff to give faces to the many stewards of the park.