National Park Week

In 1872, Congress passed legislation to create the Yellowstone National Park, intending the land to be preserved as "a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people." That was the first of many steps at the federal level to create and preserve national land, forests, coastal regions, wildlife refuges, and historic sites for future generations. In 1916, the National Park Service was created to oversee and protect the growing number of parks.

Go explore and create your own outdoor adventure at one of America's 397 national parks during National Park Week. “Picture Yourself In a Park!” this April 21-29 and enjoy FREE entrance to all national parks. Talk to your class about the history and breadth of our national parks and the diversity found within them using our collection of resources. Students can study marine sanctuaries and the problems they face, get an introduction to conservation biology, and learn about the delicate equilibrium in the Everglades.


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