National parks and communities we work with are ever changing, whether it is in nature, history, opportunities to experience places, and our own personal journeys. Explore transformations in national parks and in your own neighborhoods through our partnerships and programs. Stay tuned for more information about this new theme day and how you can get involved.
Transformation Tuesday is happening on April 20, 2021, as part of the annual National Park Week celebration. Join us on social media as we explore various transformative park experiences and share your own using #TransformationTuesday, #NPSOnTheMove, and #NationalParkWeek.
National Park Week
There are even more ways to celebrate National Park Week this year. Each day has a special theme, find yours!
Join the #RecreateResponsibly Movement
If you are heading to a park to celebrate National Park Week, keep some basic safety tips in mind while you embark on your adventure.
A historic image of a portion of the Krejci Dump Site located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Credit: NPS Photo
After a major cleanup effort, the site has been restored as a natural landscape where park visitors can now enjoy wildlife watching.
Credit: NPS Photo
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.
PoP for Health
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the partnership between the National Park Service and the US Public Health Service, we are encouraging everyone to explore the Power of Parks (PoP) for Health all year. During Transformation Tuesday, consider how national parks and outdoor spaces in your community can transform your personal physical and mental health. Try a new activity, learn the health benefits of being outside, set goals for long term health, find new places to play outdoors, and discover many other ways you can transform your health.
Connected conservation is a growing global movement recognizing and encouraging working together on conservation efforts across boundaries since we are all interconnected. The National Park Service and our partners have a long history of helping to preserve America’s natural treasures and expand opportunities for everyone to experience or enjoy them.
During April, the National Park Service is exploring ways that we all are connected in global conservation and stewardship.
Fire Island Wilderness Breach
Aerial photos of the breach at the national seashore show how the wilderness area has transformed after Hurricane Sandy.
Research for a Better Future
Superstorm Hurricane Sandy struck Gateway National Recreation Area hard, but led to changes in understanding and managing coastal resources.
Transformation in Nature
Moments, movements, and individual people in our history have transformed the nation—and even the world. How history is remembered has also been shaped over time, including by people hoping to tell their own community's heritage with their own words. Explore some of those stories that happened or are remembered in national parks or through our programs and partnerships.
Native Voices About Sites of Conflict
Grants through the American Battlefield Protection Program are helping tell stories through the voices of indigenous peoples.
Meet a few women who harnessed their public voices to protect powerfully important American places that became national parks.
Women in Public Health and Medicine
Women have always been central to the history of health and medicine. Meet some of the leaders who shaped health history.
Fighting for Freedom
Lewis Hayden and his family sought freedom on the Underground Railroad, then became civil rights activists to help others.
Measure of a Man
Booker T. Washington wanted to change opportunities for Black Americans and took matters into his own hands.
"The Agitators" Podcast Series
This podcast series tells of the enduring but complex friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass as they fought for civil rights.
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!
Better Lives, Bitter Lies Podcasts
In the 19th & 20th centuries, countless people sailed into San Francisco Bay seeking better lives. Hear their stories.
The Story Behind the Statue
A short film traces how a moment during the Battle of Iwo Jima became a moment of hope and immortalized the pride of the Marine Corps.
For Kids (And Kids at Heart)Check out kid-friendly activities to learn about transformations in nature and history.
"The Magic Sash" Podcast Series
"The Magic Sash" podcasts and lesson plans introduce kids to iconic heroes of the movement for women to vote.
Last updated: April 19, 2021