May 23, 2013

Michelle Obama Talks About National Parks

by Alanna Sobel from National Park Foundation

Did anyone read the interview with Michelle Obama in yesterday’s Chicago Tribune? It is titled “Taking the Kids: Tips from the First Lady on staying active on vacation”. The reporter asked the First Lady a series of questions including, “How can families be more active on vacation this summer?” and one of the ideas she suggested is visiting national parks! When asked about her favorite national park, the First Lady said:

“We are blessed to live in a country that has so many unique national parks and each one has so much to offer. We have gorgeous, awe-inspiring parks such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, which I actually went to for the very first time as first lady. It was amazing.

But the thing I love to remind people is you don’t have to go far to find a national park. There are national parks all around the country — some maybe even in your own backyard — that are there for families to enjoy year-round.”

We love that the First Lady said this and we know that we all agree that one doesn’t have to travel far to find a national park. But what are we currently doing (as a national park community) and what can we do better to help spread this idea to the masses? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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