YAS! Give my nature what it needs. (I am obviously really excited about this) Why? Because I love our National Parks and taking care of them is important for not only future generations but our economy as well.

It’s called the Great American Outdoor Act and it was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week. Once President Trump signs the act, the National Park Service has 90 days to compose a list of maintenance projects throughout the national parks system that will be considered for 2021. The Great American Outdoors Act overall creates a five-year National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Fund for addressing the deferred maintenance of the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Education. So bluntly, buildings can be repaired, roads can be fixed and preservation can be implemented. Everything we NEED at our National Parks.

In 2019, I visited Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton National Park for the first time and it was truly amazing. I don’t think you truly get to understand how incredible our Earth is and natural wonders until you visit. Seeing the natural guisers, wildlife and volcanic activity really is an eyeopener. Once I visited, I made a pack to myself to visit as many national parks as I could. Prior, I had visited the Gateway Arch National Park, Great Smoky Mountains, and Shenandoah National Park.

This year I was supposed to travel to Yosemite, however, due to Covid-19, those plans were put on hold. Hopefully, in 2021 I can visit either Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park, Sequoia National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park or the North Cascades. Those are just a few highlighted on my list! Regardless, this new act is a win-win for everyone.



Alexis Zarycki is your average girl with the hopes of leaving an everlasting impact on the world. Follow her on Instagram @official_lexpaige