Hopkins, SC (WLTX) -- Around the United States, many museums and landmarks are closed to the public, including the Congaree National Park in Hopkins.
"It's eerily quiet because we're closed," Lauren Gurniewicz said.
Gurniewicz and the other 18 full-time employees of the park spent their morning making arrangements for the furlough.
Most of their time was used making phone calls.
"Folks from our research and education center have had to contact schools and say that those students can't come," she said. "There was a scheduled visit with school kids today that had to be canceled."
Field trips, camping and all other park activities were halted after Republicans and Democrats in Congress came to another stalemate with the budget.
And besides the spring, this season is one of the worst times for it to occur.
"We'll see those impacts pretty heavily on fall weekends. And then it's the weekday school groups," Gurniewicz said.
Not only is the shutdown affecting the 59 national parks around the U.S., but their partners in the community. This Saturday, Swampfest will have to go on without Congaree National Park.
"Visitors are shuttled into the park from that event. And thousands of people visit the park that day, it's actually one of our busiest annual visitation days," she said. "Swampfest will still take place at Old Mt. Moriah, but if we're not here and open, visitors won't get to come into the park."
Gurniewicz isn't sure what the future holds and says she'll be glued to the television set, like many Americans.
"Now it's just a waiting game for us. We essentially will watch the news like everyone else and see how things turn out," Gurniewicz said.
Only four employees are working at the park which include law enforcement and maintenance.
And although national parks are closed, state parks remain open to the public.