While most people are familiar with famous parks such as Yellowstone and Yosemite, the vast majority are not aware that the National Park Service (NPS) is composed of 419 sites throughout the United States and five of its territories. Often billed as “America’s Best Idea,” our national parks also tell America’s story. In doing so, several sites have helped to enable diplomatic successes or had otherwise direct connections to diplomacy. The NPS has also served as an inspiration to other countries and their park systems.
Christine Dal Bello, a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State and voice of the podcast Expedition National Parks, will speak to the NPS’s mission to preserve the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations, highlight several NPS sites with connections to diplomacy, and provide information on ways to more effectively engage with NPS parks and other resources, especially during this time of physical distancing.