Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month
This July, spend some time at a park enjoying sunshine, friends and healthy activities. The National Recreation and Park Association encourages everyone to celebrate National Park and Recreation Month in parks and recreation facilities around the country. Volunteers play a vital role in pulling together their communities to make outdoor spaces more beautiful and enjoyable for all.
»Learn more about the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
»31 Things you can do to celebrate National Park and Recreation Month
»In planning your next excursion to a park, discover the variety of Federal recreation opportunities available across the country for new ideas of where to visit.
»Discover what Take Pride in America is doing to promote the appreciation and stewardship of public lands and find a local volunteer event in your area.
GFWC's Call to Action
- Pass this alert on to your fellow clubwomen, your friends, your family, and your community.
- Speak with your fellow clubwomen about the necessity for volunteers to help preserve and protect America’s natural heritage and encourage them to get involved with the National Park Service multitude of volunteer opportunities.
- Inform local newspapers, radio stations, and local television news of the issue. Write a letter to the editor to raise awareness regarding National Park and Recreation Month and what people can do to help clean up and support outdoor spaces in their communities.
- Work with your club members to create an action toolkit; use the NRPA’s Advocacy Toolkit as a model.
- On July 20-24, NRPA celebrates Action Advocacy Week encouraging citizens to talk to their legislators about why the environment, including open spaces such as parks and recreation facilities, are so important to their communities.
- Contact Congress immediately and let them know that you care about outdoor spaces and the benefits they bring to your community highlighting the positive effects on families and children. Make sure to encourage your elected official to support land and water conservation legislation.
- Find out where your lawmakers stand, and contact them directly. You can find your lawmakers contact information online at the Senate and House of Representatives websites.