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After pandemic, take advantage of our parks

Why don’t many Americans take advantage of their outdoor parks?

Every summer my family and I enjoy visiting campgrounds and spending time outdoors.

My family considers camping a chance to experience a “mini vacation” nearly every weekend of summer. However, when we get to our next camping site, I always wonder why more people don’t go camping, and why are there so many empty campsites?

National and state parks are sometimes found to have a lot less people visiting them than I would expect.

According to the National Park Service, between 2018 and 2019 several parks had a large decrease in visitations. These parks included Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Grand Teton and others.

This means that people have gone to these parks less between the years. This trend should not be the case for our national parks.

In high school, many of my friends stayed home during the summer and normally went to the beach for at least a week vacation. As much fun as the beach may be, there should still be plenty of time in spring, summer, and fall to go visit mational and wtate parks, even if not to camp.

One way to get involved in the outdoors is to simply drive to and visit the parks. There are many local parks, more than many would think.

A simple google search can tell where the closest parks are. Some people might think it can be expensive, however, most parks are free to visit. A free day trip with the only expense being gas seems like a perfect way to get out and do something fun.

Hiking is something that can be very inexpensive, plus, the whole family can enjoy. Going to a park to hike can be educational.

Many walking paths and hiking trails have signs below trees to help identify them. Other paths and trails may even have historical landmarks or sites with educational signs and information.

Enjoying the outdoors through national and state parks is essential to keeping them abundant and available to the public.

Even in our current time when COVID-19 is taking place, consider planning trips to national parks when they reopen. Rather than going to a crowded beach or tourist location, state and national parks will give people the distance they should have while connecting them to nature.

Take advantage of the free and beautiful nature that surrounds you. As long as we continue to use them, they will last for others to enjoy.

Michael Noon III

South Fork

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