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October 2022 Monthly Theme: STEAM-Powered Parks

Full STEAM ahead with a celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics, highlighting their inspirational history in parks and inviting everyone with ways to get involved today.

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More October Themes & Activities

Every month, the National Park Service celebrates different national holidays and initiatives that provide opportunities to share our mission through websites, social media, and other platforms. Find information on a related topic on NPS.gov, hashtags that national parks are using, and other messaging tools to use on these special days.

Fall Foliage

September 15–October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

October 1–31: LGBT History Month

  • Social media hashtags: #LGBTQ, #Pride

October 1–31: National Arts and Humanities Month

October 1–31: National Community Planning Month

October 1–31: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1–31: National Energy Action Month

October 1–31: Polish American Heritage Month

October 1: International Day of Older Persons

  • Social media hashtag: #ParksForAll

October 2: Anniversaries of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act and National Trails Act

October 3: World Habitat Day

  • Social media hashtag: #ParkHabitats

October 4: World Animal Day

October 5: World Teachers Day

October 9-15: Earth Science Week

October 9-15: National Fire Prevention Week

  • Fire
  • Social media hashtags: #Fire Safety, #FirePreventionWeek

October 10: World Mental Health Day

October 11: Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples' Day

October 11: International Day of the Girl Child

October 11: National Coming Out Day

October 12: National Fossil Day

October 15: Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966

October 24–31: Bat Week

Last updated: November 22, 2021