As the national park service celebrates its centennial this year its a good time to consider what the parks mean to us as a society and as individuals i agree with those whove said that the national parks represent a uniquely brilliant american idea and an essential link to our history and heritage.
Happy birthday to the national park service which turns 100 years old this month since its establishment on aug 25 1916 by president woodrow wilson this branch of the government oversees the united states national parks american national monuments and other conservation and historical properties.
The national park service isnt alone in celebrating a centennial in 2016 three national parks turn 100 this year too hawaii volcanoes national park haleakala national park and bandelier national monument all gained protected status in the months leading up to the creation of the park service on august 25 1916.
Its the 100th birthday of the national park service with opportunities to celebrate the parks throughout 2016 from planting a centennial forest in texas to counting species of plants and animals on the national mall in washington dc here are 10 ways to take your appreciation for national parks to historic levels in 2016.
Even as parks across the country swell with people this summer likely on the way to another year of recordsetting attendance i do worry about the future of our national parks one of several things i realized during that year in the parks the greatest threat for the future isnt whether were loving these places to death.
Span classnews_dtaug 24 2016spannbsp018332in the years since its expanded to include over 400 different parks and park monuments throughout the us more than 300 million visited national park service sites and parks in 2015 according to nps among the parks great smoky mountains national park was the most visited at 107 million recreational visits.
Span classnews_dtaug 24 2016spannbsp018332a hrefvideossearchqnationalparksturn100yearoldhowtoenjoyitampru2fsearch3fq3dnational2520parks2520turn25201002520year2520old2520how2520to2520enjoy2520itampviewdetailampmmscnvwrcampmid644b00dc27d61f4a5621644b00dc27d61f4a5621ampformwvfstd hidserp53781watch videoanbsp018332in 2015 3072 million people visited the national parks and it wouldnt come as any surprise if that number is surpassed in 2016 the national park services find your park initiative encourages everyone to find the park nearest them and share their own stories this year and for years to come.