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Parked at Home Series – Six Sites, Six Stories, Endless Connections

Are you parked at home this winter? The staff at Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park invites you to learn about your local, national park—and some faraway places—without even packing a bag.

Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park is made up of six different sites in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. All these sites, from Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, to the Little Red Shop in Hopedale, Massachusetts, have a unique story. Through a series of virtual talks called “Parked at Home,” local National Park Service staff will pair up with rangers at six other National Park Service units to explore unexpected connections.

This series will begin on Thursday, March 10, 2022, and will run on consecutive Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM EST through April 14, 2022.

All programs are free!

Tips for Participating in Parked at Home:

  • Sign up to receive registration links for one or all six of the talks.

Click here to register.

  • Bring your thoughts, questions, and ideas to these virtual meetings. Spend an hour with us on six Thursday nights to learn more about your national parks.


  • Connect with other people who are parked at home on social media before, during, or after the program. Start by following the hashtags #ParkedAtHome #BlackstoneNPS and these accounts: parked.at.home.project on Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok.


  • Look for other prompts from University of Rhode Island students in the Harrington School of Communication and Media. They will be sharing weekly writing and digital “making” invitations through social media using the #ParkedatHome hashtag. These students will offer tips and tools for writing and making together as well as their own responses and reflections inspired by the Parked at Home virtual meeting topics. There’s no right or wrong way to write and make with us.


  • Collect your stamps! For each program, we will share a special Parked at Home virtual cancellation stamp.


  • Continue the conversation with people you know and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or TikTok using the hashtags #BlackstoneNPS and #ParkedAtHome.