National Park Week, April 16 to 24, 2016

There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and the wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of the great human principle.
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Next week is National Park Week! From April 16 to 24, 2016, entrance to every national park will be free!

President Roosevelt was a tremendous supporter of national parks, fighting to protect and expand the National Park System so that generations of Americans could enjoy access to them in the future. As president, FDR created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a work relief program that created thousands of jobs in park and forest restoration. This program is recognized as one of the greatest conservation programs in America, 

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees clearing land, around 1934. The CCC—popularly known as "Roosevelt's Tree Army"—was perhaps the nation's first green jobs program. It sent unemployed Americans to work in national parks and forests clearing brush and dead vegetation, planting trees, building firebreaks, and improving campsites. Courtesy, National Archives 

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees clearing land, around 1934. The CCC—popularly known as "Roosevelt's Tree Army"—was perhaps the nation's first green jobs program. It sent unemployed Americans to work in national parks and forests clearing brush and dead vegetation, planting trees, building firebreaks, and improving campsites. Courtesy, National Archives 

Roosevelt also placed dozens of historic sites and Civil War and Revolutionary War battlefields under the care of the National Park Service, including the Lincoln Memorial and the White House. 

Read more about FDR the Conservationist at fdr4freedoms.org, and find your national park here.