Happy Centennial National Park Service! Thank you for taking care of our national treasures for us. Our National Parks, our National Battlefields, our National Seashores, our Trail Systems, our Memorials; we would be a sad, boring country without these carefully preserved and protected areas.
If you wanted to go out and see all these places, you would need a lot of time and plenty of equipment for land and sea, for the heat of volcanos and deserts, the cold of the arctic, for the dark of caves, for descending into valleys and for ascending up mountains, for paddling and diving, for wilderness and city, for feeling history come alive around you and for being in the places you read about in books, the places where history actually happened.
Luckily, there are some wonderful Instagrammers who post beautiful photographs that bring these places to us. Here are a few of the many that stand out from the crowd:
Daniel Eric Madrigal Truly magnificent travel photography from this self described adventure photographer and registered nurse from Miami, FL.
So Many Parks Team Larsen, Adam and Danyel, are on a quest to visit all 412 National Park Service Sites. Follow their adventures on their Instagram feed. Spoiler alert: they’ve been to 182.
TideandThyme Laura Davis shares photos of the Assateague National Seashore, along with truly charming images from her home, Chincoteague, Virginia.
National Park Geek Yes, it’s the Instagram account for an e-commerce site, but the posts of our parks and our park people are nearly as refreshing as a trip to one of them.
Wilderness Culture Another Instagram from another e-commerce with more incredible photography from the wild.
Andy The Bear A quirky little plushie bear’s adventures are captured by his mom, a park ranger at Shenandoah National Park.
Chimaniapps A Portland, ME company that develops apps for National Park visitors.
Saving Places The National Trust for Historic Preservation Instagram is not all wide open spaces. They show some love to the sites in urban areas.
Goparks The Instagram account of the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service
Share the Experience Billing itself as the federal recreation lands photo contest, this Instagram gives you the opportunity not only to enjoy the photos, but to contribute your own.
National Park Service It goes without saying that if the Park Service can curate and maintain our heritage sites, they can curate and maintain a stunning Instagram feed as well. Most of our National Park Service sites also have their own Instagram accounts.
Who knows, we all need to be inspired to action. Maybe these incredible Instagram accounts will encourage us to get out there an volunteer at our local National Park Service site. According to the NPS, there are 22,000 permanent, temporary and seasonal employees. But there are 10 times the number of volunteers, 221,000, and always room for more.