This week, April 17-25, has been designated as “National Parks Week” by the National Park Service, celebrated by learning opportunities, events, and free admission to many of the most beautiful places across the USA.

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park became the first outdoor space to be protected from development and designated as a “public park” by President Ulysses S. Grant. Now, there are over four hundred unique parcels of land that are protected, including our very own Gettysburg National Military Park.

Emily Gerlach is a board member of the Gettysburg YWCA and Marketing Committee chair.

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