During his family’s Father’s Day weekend visit to Yosemite National Park in California, President Barack Obama spoke about the importance of national parks in a speech Saturday at Sentinel Bridge, with Yosemite Falls as a backdrop.
In describing the beauty of the park, Mr. Obama said, “It’s almost like the spirit of America itself is right here.”
The president took the opportunity to note the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the #FindYourPark campaign, efforts to get more kids to visit national parks, his administration’s protection of more than 265 million acres of land and marine areas, and continued preservation needs amid the impacts of climate change.
In the speech, Mr. Obama hinted that more park designations could be coming.
“We’ve got more work to do to preserve our lands and our culture and our history,” the president said. “We’re not done yet.”
On Friday, the First Family visited Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.