If Americans took our national parks for granted before, they probably don’t anymore. Long weeks in COVID-19 lockdown, it turns out, have a way of renewing your appreciation for outdoor adventure. And with air travel and resort vacations in a holding pattern, many more families will be taking road trips this summer, Griswold family-style (minus, hopefully, the unfortunate death of Aunt Edna).

The heightened appeal of natural places and the need for them may have even played a role in motivating federal lawmakers to overcome partisan divisions to pass legislation for all of us.