Transformation Tuesday

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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.

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National Park Week

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Join the #RecreateResponsibly Movement

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Stay connected with national parks across the country with online resources and virtual experiences.

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    A historic image of a portion of the Krejci Dump Site located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
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    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


    Transforming Parks

    Improving infrastructure, incorporating emerging technologies, and advancing conservation efforts have been a traditional part of the national park experience since the beginning. In the 1930s and 40s, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built roads and facilities and restored natural landscapes that are still enjoyed by millions of visitors today. The National Park Service continues the tradition of transforming parks so we all can enjoy these special places. 

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    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.

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    The NPS App

    One app, every park at your fingertips. Experience and explore national parks using a new app for mobile devices.

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    Alternative Transportation

    The National Park Service continues to explore how technology can enhance all forms of transportation in parks.

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    E-Bikes Roll into Parks

    Electric bicycles (e-bikes) are now allowed in more national park locations, providing more opportunities for cyclists.

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      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.

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      Health Benefits of Parks

      Take your first steps into learning how parks can help your health and how being out in nature is good for you.

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      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.

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        Connected Conservation

        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.

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        Connected Conservation

        During April, the National Park Service is exploring ways that we all are connected in global conservation and stewardship.

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        Fire Island Wilderness Breach

        Aerial photos of the breach at the national seashore show how the wilderness area has transformed after Hurricane Sandy.

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        Research for a Better Future

        Superstorm Hurricane Sandy struck Gateway National Recreation Area hard, but led to changes in understanding and managing coastal resources.

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        The Natural Laboratory Podcasts

        Hosted by Point Reyes NS and partners, this series examines the changing of greater linked environments long term following wildfires.

        Transformation in Nature

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        Currents of Change

        The currents of the Missouri River both shaped and reveal the changing geology over time.

        Transforming History

        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.

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        Native Voices About Sites of Conflict

        Grants through the American Battlefield Protection Program are helping tell stories through the voices of indigenous peoples.

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        Welcome to Xunaa Shuká Hít

        Everyone is welcome to Xunaa Shuká Hít, the Huna Ancestors' House, a gathering place to learn share Tlingit heritage.

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        Founding Women

        Meet a few women who harnessed their public voices to protect powerfully important American places that became national parks.

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        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.

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        "Dear Future Girl Conservationist"

        A community of National Park Service women in many fields of science give encouragement to the next generation of conservationists.

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        Fighting for Freedom

        Lewis Hayden and his family sought freedom on the Underground Railroad, then became civil rights activists to help others.

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        Measure of a Man

        Booker T. Washington wanted to change opportunities for Black Americans and took matters into his own hands.

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        The Black Experience Moving West

        Many Black Americans brought their faith, determination, and skills on a move to the West to build a new life free of oppression.

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        "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.

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        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!

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        "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.

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        Better Lives, Bitter Lies Podcasts

        In the 19th & 20th centuries, countless people sailed into San Francisco Bay seeking better lives. Hear their stories.

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        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.

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        Beneath the Plains

        The vast plains of the West were transformed into a massive network of the Minuteman Missile defense system during the Cold War.

        For Kids (And Kids at Heart)

        Check out kid-friendly activities to learn about transformations in nature and history.
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        "The Magic Sash" Podcast Series

        "The Magic Sash" podcasts and lesson plans introduce kids to iconic heroes of the movement for women to vote.

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        Classic Junior Ranger Videos

        A series of Junior Ranger videos shows how life as a kid homesteading in the 1800s was very different (or maybe the same) as life today.

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          Last updated: April 19, 2021