Earth Day at the National Parks

Last updated on June 23rd, 2021 at 12:14 pm. Originally published on April 8th, 2021

Celebrate National Park Week with us from April 17 to 25! Share your love of the national parks and follow along with themed days throughout the week.

April 22 is Earth Day, and it’s also Day 6 of National Park Week! Today we’re going to take a look at how you can help protect the earth, not just on one day but year-round.

Earth Day at the National Parks is April 22

RVers tend to love nature – that’s why we want to see so much of it! Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to focus a little extra time on caring for our beautiful planet and the places our national parks protect. This year for Earth Day, the National Park System is sharing how you can become a steward of the planet’s resources by learning about earth science, conservation, and volunteering. You can get outside into nature or join them online for virtual ways to explore the parks.

Conservation of Land, Water and Wildlife

The earth is our home, and it’s important that we take care of it. One way we can help protect our natural resources is by conserving land, water, and wildlife. Conservation of forests, wetlands, and wild spaces has many benefits for humans, animals, and nature alike.

Protecting wild and natural spaces preserves homes for wildlife, reduces air and water pollution, and protects endangered species. It also improves human life by maintaining recreational trails and areas, keeping water clean, and promoting opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors. Luckily, it’s easy to become an advocate for the planet and help keep nature clean and protected.

  • Learn. Learn more about how you can help take care of our planet. The National Park Service is full of information on how you can get involved in conservation efforts and learn more about the national parks.
  • Do. There are so many things we can do (especially as RVers) to help keep nature wild and protected. Easy things like cleaning up litter at campsites, joining or donating to wildlife conservations or park services that protect our public lands, and looking at more sustainable ways to travel. We’ve got some great ideas on that below!
  • Share. You can share your experiences and tips on to protect the earth on social media with the hashtags #EarthDay and #NationalParkWeek.

April is also Connected Conservation Month for the national parks, which is a global movement that encourages working together on conservation efforts across boundaries to protect wildlife, history, and the shared heritage of people. The movement looks for opportunities to protect America’s natural treasures and find more ways for everyone to experience these beautiful places. You can find out more ways to become involved in connected conservation at the NPS website.

How to Travel in an Eco Friendly Way

Most Rvers love being out in nature and seeing as much of the world as they can. Unfortunately, traveling in an RV burns fuel and creates carbon emissions. It’s a conundrum, as we want to see all these incredible places but need motorized vehicles to get there. But don’t worry, you don’t have to give up RVing. There are plenty of things you can do to help conservation efforts without swearing off driving.

  • Visit wildlife refuges and national park. The entrance fees help keep these places running. And if you want to give more, donate!
  • Make your own meals and don’t waste food while RVing.
  • Save water – it’s not just for sticks and bricks living. We’ve got all sorts of tips to help you save water while on the road.
  • Virtually visit national parks to get your travel fix when you can’t go anywhere.
  • Start an herb garden or even a regular garden – yes even in the RV!
  • Look into ecotourism when you travel – we have tips to help you see the earth in a more sustainable way.

Leave It As You Found It

Similar to the Leave No Trace principles, “leave it as you found it” is an unwritten rule that everyone should follow when camping, RVing, and being in the outdoors. It’s pretty straightforward – leave outdoor spaces just like you found them. This means cleaning up your campsite when you’re finished, picking up your trash and either taking it with you or throwing it into designated trash receptacles, and not destroying nature when boondocking.

With the rise in popularity of camping and RVing, more people are getting out in nature – which is great! However, public lands are also seeing an increase in litter, vandalism, and issues with animals become tangled in garbage, all because people aren’t cleaning up after themselves. This not only spells disaster for the environment, but it could potentially lead to reduced dispersed camping privileges, which none of us want.

RV Boondocking

So follow the “leave it as you found it” rule and keep campsites beautiful for the next campers! If you want to take it even farther, clean up anything you find at a campsite and leave it better than you found it. Keeping gloves, trash bags, and even a trash picker with you can make it easy to clean up your campsite on your adventures.

Looking for more ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day in your RV? Check out our guide on How You Can Be More Earth Friendly When Traveling. We also have fun articles on the increasing popularity of wildlife bridges, more information on ecotourism, and easy tips on green living in an RV. And if you need an RV to visit any national parks on Earth Day, check out our great variety of rigs across America.

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