African Burial Ground National Monument photo: Matthew McDermott
Not only is next week Climate Week here in New York City, it's also National Parks Week (Sep. 21-27). As part of that the National Parks Conservation Association has a whole bunch of events going on:The full event listing is available at the Feel Free website, and includes film screenings, opportunities to volunteer doing environmental clean up, surf casting clinics, walks, cruises, and all sorts of cool educational/entertaining events.
But the whole week really hinges around the Feel Free National Parks Celebration in Central Park on Wednesday night. Starting at 7pm the event will include clips from Ken Burns' new film "The National Parks: America's Best Idea", as well as musical performances by Eric Benet, Gavin DeGraw, Alison Kraus, and others.
Ensuring the National Parks Legacy
Touting the week, NPCA president Tom Kiernan said,
As we prepare for the centennial of our national parks, we invite New Yorkers to joing us at this celebration of these national treasures. Our national parks preserve some of America's most stunning landscapes and commemorate some of the country's most important ideas and ideals, from national icons like Yellowstone to New York's own Statue of Liberty and Governors Island. As the Park Service enters its second century, we must ensure this legacy lives on for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
There's More to NYC's National Parks Than That Green Statue in the Harbor
In case you feel so inspired during the week, here's the listing for National Parks and Monuments in New York -- including the African Burial Ground National Monument (pictured above) and the newly moved and being renovated Hamilton Grange (below). History buffs really can have a field day with all the period rooms, historical documents and artifacts at the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace (second image below) over on East 20th Street.
UPDATE: Virtual Tours Now Online
The National Parks Conservation Association informs me that virtual tours of some of the parks, monuments and historic sites in New York are now available. Check 'em out: New York Parks Videos
More info: Feel Free - A Cause for Our National Parks
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