BAHAMAS NATIONAL TRUST CELEBRATED EARTH DAY WITH NATIONAL PARK DAY ON 7 ISLANDS IN 10 PARKS ON ONE DAY
7 Islands, 10 Parks, One Unforgettable Day.
On Saturday, April 27th, The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) commemorated Earth Day with its 2nd Annual National Park Day, a celebration across the country! National Park Day hosted exciting activities in 10 National Parks on 7 islands. Residents on Grand Bahama, Abaco, Andros, New Providence, Eleuthera, the Exuma Cays, and Inagua had the opportunity to connect with nature and build memories on this special day. Depending on the park you visited, you would have participated in exciting activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, guided tours, bird watching, yoga, bush tea tasting, arts and crafts, and so much more! Patrons of the parks learned more about the natural treasures that are Bahamian national parks while having the time of their life.
Around the world, April 22nd is celebrated as Earth Day – a day in which communities across the globe acknowledge the importance of respecting the space we occupy, our environment, and our planet home. Last year, the BNT introduced National Park Day as the beginning of its movement to connect Earth Day to national parks. National Parks are important conservation tools. They are defenders of our environment and the natural resources of our planet. The theme of this year’s National Park Day is “Protect Our Species”. Celebrating Bahamian national parks as a part of Earth Day is appropriate as national parks protect ecosystems that are vital to the survival our special island species, such as Bonefish, the Bahama Parrot, Conch and Grouper.
Last year’s National Park Day was a huge success. Hundreds of people visited their local national park and became engaged in the work of the BNT. This year is the 60th anniversary of the BNT and the birth of our country’s national park system. This makes National Park Day 2019 especially significant. The Trust wished to thank everyone who supported this special park open-house. The 10 national parks that welcomed guests on Saturday, April 27th were The Retreat Garden on Village Road, Bonefish Pond National Park, Cowpen Road, Primeval Forest off Frank Watson Blvd. Lucayan National Park in Grand Bahama, The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve in Governor’s Harbour Eleuthera, The Marls Of Abaco Protected Area, Blue Holes National Park in Andros, Inagua National Park, and The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.
National Park Day was a fun day for all. Bahamians of all ages had the chance to explore their parks and learn about their incredible history.
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