The National Park Services has been preserving our country’s natural and cultural treasures for almost a century. On August 25, 2016, the NPS turns 100 – and we’re ready to celebrate. Learn how to choose a great NPS destination no matter what your interests are….and find out how your kids can snag their own Junior Rangers badges (coveted throughout the country!). We’ll be sharing all the secrets at the next #TMOM Twitter party, when we showcase the National Park Services.


March 28 #TMOM Twitter Party – Celebrating Our National Park Services

My daughter celebrates one of her many Junior Ranger badges, this one earned in Gettysburg. Photo by Mary Lebeau, EastCoast TMOM


March 28  #TMOM Twitter Party – Celebrating Our National Park Services

This is officially the year of the National Park. On August 25, 2016, the country’s National Park Service turns 100 – and we’re spending the whole year celebrating!  So as the weather starts to turn spring-like (fingers crossed), we at TMOM are planning our next visit to one of the over 50 parks that make up the National Park Service. And that’s what we’re talking about at our next #TMOM Twitter Party on March 28. So head on over and share your favorite park with us !

When it comes to National Parks, many people think of the “big ten” – the most frequently visited parks, as named by the National Park Service. From the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to the valley of bison surrounding Old Faithful in Wyoming’s Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon itself, these majestic parks showcase the beauty of our country’s great outdoors. Any one of the parks on the list would be a great destination for a family trip, and a great introduction to all that the National Park Services have to offer.

March 28 #TMOM Twitter Party – Celebrating Our National Park Services

Max and Libby check out the Liberty Bell, another national treasure cared for by the NPS. Photo by Mary Lebeau, EastCoast TMOM

My favorite National Park Services sites, however, are the ones a bit smaller and closer to home. From where I am in South Jersey, we have a variety of parks we can visit (and earn our Junior Ranger badges at, too!).  Of course, the “biggie” is Independence,  which includes Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. But Philadelphia also hosts historic Gloria Dei Church, the state’s oldest house of worship, surrounded by its burial ground of patriots. For those interested in literary travel, my kids would recommend their favorite – the Edgar Allan Poe House, with its reading room, film of Poe’s mysterious life, and the statue of a laughing raven out front.

What can a national park offer your family? History, literature, adventure, fun – there all waiting for your family at one of the 58 National Park Service sites. Join us at our next #TMOM Twitter party on Monday, March 28 at 9 p.m. to plan your next adventure – and learn all about the National Parks!

WHAT: #TMOM Twitter Party – Celebrating our National Park Service

WHEN: Monday, March 28, 9-10 pm ET (8-9 pm CT; 7-8 pm MT; 6-7 pm PT)

WHO: Panelists @travelingmoms @KimOrlando @CindyTravelsOn

HOW TO JOIN: Follow the #TMOM hashtag

SPREAD THE WORD:   TWEET –      Stake your claim in the celebration of the National Park Services 100th birthday. Meet us at the #TMOM Twitter Party March 28.


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