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Our National Park System Celebrates its Centennial

100 years of amazing views, breathtaking sunsets and sunrises, hikes, wildlife, and so much more. As our National Parks celebrate its centennial, it’s important we all take a moment to reflect on why these parks are important to our country and the planet.

According to the Sierra Club,

“For 100 years, America’s parks have provided opportunities for Americans to explore nature. What started with one park, Yellowstone, grew into a system of 35 national parks and monuments by the time the National Park Service was established in 1916. The tremendous popularity and clear value of protected public lands has continued to drive the creation of new parks, bringing the number today to more than 400 parks. There are park areas in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.”

You can help celebrate and honor our National Parks by visiting them, volunteering at park work days, supporting NPCA, and by using #NPS100 on social media. Below are some stunning photos to inspire you to book a trip to one of our National Parks..

Toroweap Overlook at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Photo credit: David Shield

Toroweap Overlook at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Photo credit: David Shield

 

Image via Redwood National and State Parks - 133,000 acres of majestic beauty.

Image via Redwood National and State Parks – 133,000 acres of majestic beauty.

 

Photo of Park Ranger at Kenai Fjords National Park.

Photo of Park Ranger at Kenai Fjords National Park.

 

The Windows trail at Arches National Park. Photo credit: Hunter Day.

The Windows trail at Arches National Park. Photo credit: Hunter Day.

 

Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo Credit: Alan Shadduck.

Rocky Mountain National Park. Photo Credit: Alan Shadduck.

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