On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into existence the National Park Service, tasked with conserving the natural beauty of America for future generations to enjoy. In today’s fast-paced world, parks are arguably more important than ever, and thanks to Parks and Recreation, perhaps more popular than ever. This week, the National Park Foundation announced that First Ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush will serve as honorary co-chairs of Find Your Park, part of the centennial celebrations in 2016.
In order to get the country excited, five special celebrity ambassadors have been appointed to share their personal park stories. Bill Nye, Terrence J, Roselyn Sanchez, Bella Thorne, and our very own Mary Lambert will all be telling of their experiences on social media.
Here’s what Mary Lambert had to say:
“Parks can be much more than a place — they can foster a state of mind that inspires me to create some of my best poetry with those I love. And, they are also places that tell my story too. I’m grateful to the National Park Service for their efforts to tell a more inclusive story that commemorates the places and events that honor LGBT history.”
Actress Bella Thorne and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis are hosting a launch event April 2 in New York City at North Flatiron Plaza in front of Madison Square Park, the first event in a national tour.
Watch her first #FindYourPark video, set in Boston:
For more information and to get involved, visit the Find Your Park website.