National Park Service aimed at educating the community of Brownsville
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The National Park Service hosted its annual Kids to Park Day on Saturday. The event takes place on the third Saturday in May with the goal of educating more children about our nation’s parks.
Brownsville is home to several National Historic Parks, including the Palo Alto Battlefield and the Resaca de la Palma Battlefield which hosted the event.
Maribel Chapa is a Brownsville resident and wanted to educate her niece and nephew about what’s in their own backyard.
“I’m a little more involved, I want to involve my niece and my nephew more, so they know about the wonderful sites we have here,” Chapa said. “I think it’s very important that history is taught to our children who have grown up here so that they have that knowledge and that pride of where they come from.”
While some appreciate the open space of the Resaca de la Palma Battlefield, Park Rangers tell ValleyCentral that many Brownsville residents are unfamiliar with the city’s national parks and the history behind them.
“This unit is right here in the city, where people can just come here and enjoy the outdoors and learn more about Palo Alto,” said park superintendent Oralia Fernandez.
“It was the start of the Mexican-American War, it took place here, it was the war that shaped North America and controlled the American Southwest,” said Justin Robinson, Park Ranger.
But the battlefield is not only an epicenter of national history, it is also a hub for all types of wildlife.
“It’s a great bird watching show in the world because there are a lot of people trying to see all the birds they can see and there are some that you can only see in this area,” Park Ranger Karen Weaver said. “It’s a new thing we’re pushing this year is birdwatching.”
As the summer season is about to begin, it is hoped that more people and their children will come out to appreciate Brownsville’s history and nature.
“Just come here, be more aware, hopefully more flyers and events and just give it a try, it’s beautiful,” Chapa said.
The National Park Service will begin organizing Ranger tours of National Parks for the public. These events are expected to begin in June.