Each year, the National Park Service organizes a series of servicewide messaging themes to highlight the depth and breadth of the more than 400 parks and dozens of NPS programs at work in communities across the United States. National in scope, the themes are designed to engage parks, NPS programs, partners, and the public across the country in shared messages illustrated by the remarkable places and stories in our care. The themes are mostly organized by month, but we often have campaigns around special moments each year.
Our nation’s first national park—Yellowstone—was established by Congress in 1872. Now, 150 years later, national park idea has evolved, as has the National Park Service. Today the NPS plays an important role in communities across the country. And with the assistance of the NPS Office of International Affairs, which is celebrating its 60th, the park idea inspires communities around the world. In that spirit, how can your concept of the park idea cultivate new opportunities and inspire new audiences? What ideas do you have to share?
The 2022 theme for Black History Month considers activities, rituals, and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well throughout American history and in our time, especially through self-determination, mutual aid, and social support initiatives. This month, we’ll explore this history and ways that parks and public lands can play an important role in physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.
The national theme for Women’s History Month in 2022 explores the role of women of all cultures in providing both healing and hope throughout history.
This month invite people to discover something new—an experience, place, story, opportunity. With parks, programs, and partners connecting across the country and world, there is something new for everyone to discover.
We will commemorate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, paying tribute to the generations of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders who shaped our nation's history—and who were shaped by it.
From parks to trails, waterways, and so much more, June celebrates the great outdoors. The month also commemorates the contributions, accomplishments, and resiliency of LBGTQ+ Americans both past and present.
We will work toward advancing a key National Park Service goal for America's 250th anniversary: to expand understanding of the American people’s extraordinary diversity and explore how the full, aspirational promise of this nation has been denied to many because of who they are. And to understand that resiliency, protests, and patriotism are embedded in the history and fabric of our country and recognize and celebrate that our economic, political, spiritual, and cultural vibrancy comes from our diversity.
As the National Park Service turns 106 on August 25, take a look back on how we’ve grown over the years. More than 400 national parks, dozens of community-based programs, and countless partners and friends. With so much to experience, we’ll highlight ways we’re modernizing to serve audiences that are growing with us.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15) all month, we will explore how parks, programs, and partnerships commemorate achievements, contributions, and cultural heritage of Hispanics and Latinos.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15–October 15) all month, we will explore how parks, programs, and partnerships commemorate achievements, contributions, and cultural heritage of Hispanics and Latinos with an invitation for everyone to come out to enjoy their public lands.
During National Native American Heritage Month, we will explore the heritage, culture, and experience of Indigenous peoples both historically and in American life today, while also sharing the various ways the National Park Service collaborates with Indigenous communities.
It’s getting easier to experience a park from anywhere. Let’s help people explore ways to stay connected with parks through virtual experiences and at-home and in-community activities when they can’t be at a national park every day of the year.
Last updated: July 6, 2022