Happy Holidays from the National Park Service

The National Park Service is rolling out videos carrying holiday greetings from national parks across the country. The videos feature rangers from Joshua Tree National Park in California to Arches National Park in Utah to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.

The Joshua Tree is just one of hundreds of plants native to this national park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Every day through December 31, one of the videos will be featured on the National Park Service’s YouTube channel and announced via Facebook and Twitter, according to a recent news release.

“We welcome more than 280 million visitors to their national parks every year,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “The videos are a great way to send our best wishes for the holidays to those folks who spent time in a national park this year or may be thinking about a trip in the future. Our rangers are a creative bunch, and their greetings reflect the spirit of the parks they care for on behalf of the American people. I hope people enjoy them.”

A handful of these videos were shared with more than 20,000 people assembled on the Ellipse in Washington, DC, on December 1 for the National Christmas Tree Lighting in cooperation with the National Park Foundation.

The schedule:

December 13 – Yosemite National Park, California
December 14 – Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska (video #1
December 15 – Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi
December 16 – Biscayne National Park, Florida (video #1)

Arches is renown for an awe-inspiring combination of arches, cliffs, stone spires, and other dramatic rock formations. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

December 17 – Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (American Sign Language)
December 18 – Glacier National Park, Montana
December 19 – Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
December 20 – Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Georgia
December 21 – Everglades National Park, Florida
December 22 – Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (Spanish)
December 23 – Biscayne National Park, Florida (video #2)
December 24 – Arches National Park, Utah
December 25 – San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico
December 26 – Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands
December 27 – Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina

December 28 – Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Georgia
December 29 – Biscayne National Park, Florida (video #3)
December 30 – Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska (video #2)
December 31 – Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Tennessee

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The Native Indians named the valley Shenandoah, mean¬ing Daughter of the Stars, for the expansive firmament that roofed their world. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

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Worth Pondering…

The nation behaves well when it treats the natural resources as assets, which it must turn over to the next generation increased and not impaired in value.

—Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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