Few women have national park sites dedicated to them. Harriet Tubman has two. Explore the landscapes of her early life at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Church Creek, Maryland. Discover her remarkable second act at Harriet Tubman National Historical Park.
Born into slavery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 1822, Harriet Tubman – originally named Araminta by her parents, she adopted the name Harriet upon her 1844 marriage to John Tubman – escaped to her freedom in 1849. Tubman spent the next ten years making 13 trips into Maryland to rescue her family and giving instructions to approximately 70 more enslaved people who escaped to freedom with her guidance.
Our national parks provide these types of opportunities for all of us, opportunities to stand where heroes stood.
Join us as we stand in the places where leaders made history – understand the impacts of their work, their determination, and their ingenuity. From Harriet Tubman, whose lifelong commitment to freedom and equality inspired a nation to the Buffalo Soldiers who served as some of the first park rangers in Yosemite National Park to the jazz legends who transformed the music world in New Orleans, these stories come alive in national parks and showcase how the past reverberates through time.
Wilderness areas offer visitors unique opportunities for solitude and primitive recreational activities. Far from the reaches of mechanization and electrical conveniences, these pristine places invite visitors to connect with nature and to experience the inspirational and spiritual values of wilderness.
Stand in the places where our nation’s heroes made history – understand the impacts of their work, their determination, and their ingenuity.
Through its support of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), the National Park Foundation provides funds to hire youth and returning veterans as part of service groups. These trail crew members get hands-on job training while undertaking essential conservation projects in public lands. They learn a range of new skills including those needed to accomplish conservation and preservation projects, tricks for thriving in the backcountry, and interpersonal skills that ensure the team’s success.