Happy 112th Birthday to our friends at the U.S. Forest Service. Though forest reserves were first administered by Interior, the Forest Service was created in 1905 as part of the Department of Agriculture with Gifford Pinchot serving as Chief Forester and now manages almost 200 million acres of public land. Among these rich forests and grasslands are places of spectacular beauty, like Trillium Lake at Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon. Photo by Daniel Rice (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Happy 103rd birthday, Rocky Mountain National Park!
Established in 1915, Rocky Mountain is one of the nation’s highest national parks. With elevations from 7,860 feet to 14,259 feet, the park makes you feel like you are on top of the world. It is home to 77 mountain peaks over 12,000 feet high and the Continental Divide, which runs north to south through the park. Explore more cool facts about this Colorado park: https://on.doi.gov/2DwCfZ8. Photo of Longs Peak reflected in Bear Lake by Steve Perry (www.sharetheexperience.org).
On this day in 1947, Everglades National Park was established, protecting one of the largest wetlands in the world. Seventy years later, it remains an international treasure attracting visitors from all over who come to see the park’s mangroves, River of Grass, and unique array of plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet. As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of this south Florida park, test your knowledge with 10 interesting facts about the Everglades: https://on.doi.gov/2j0PyMd
Happy birthday, Zion National Park! On this day in 1919, Zion National Park was established. Utah’s first national park, Zion protects some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States. It includes 229 square miles of high plateaus, a maze of sandstone canyons and waterfalls with colorful hanging gardens that are so stunning they look surreal. Photo by Kuang-Yu Jen (www.sharetheexperience.org).
On this day in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was officially dedicated, becoming a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. In 1924, it was designated as a National Monument and the National Park Service has been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933. Happy birthday, Lady Liberty! Photo courtesy of Michael Bissel.
Happy birthday, Yosemite National Park! On October 1, 1890, Yosemite became a national park, and 127 years later, it’s still wowing visitors with its waterfalls, towering granite monoliths, deep valleys and ancient giant sequoias. What’s your memory about this legendary California landmark?
Happy birthday Sequoia National Park – our nation’s 2nd national park! On this day in 1890, Sequoia National Park was established to protect this California park’s iconic sequoia trees, which are some of the largest and oldest trees in the world. From rolling foothills to immense forests to sheer granite peaks rising above lush meadows and broad lake basins, Sequoia National Park continues to astound visitors with its wild beauty. Photo by Daniel Suh (www.sharetheexperience.org).
On this date in 1964, Canyonlands National Park was established. Canyonlands National Park preserves colorful canyons, mesas, buttes, fins, arches and spires in the heart of southeast Utah’s high desert. Water and gravity have been the prime architects of this land – sculpting layers of rock into the rugged landscape park visitors know and love today. Photo of the park’s iconic Mesa Arch at sunrise by Terry Barnes (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Photo of Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone from Artist Point by Jeremy Stevens (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Photo of two bison at Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley by Aidan Busch (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Photo of Beehive eruption and a rainbow by Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service.
Happy 101st birthday, National Park Service!
For the last century, the National Park Service has protected America’s Best Idea, ensuring current and future generations can experience the country’s natural, cultural and historic treasures. Established 44 years before the National Park Service, Yellowstone was the world’s first national park and sparked a worldwide movement to protect special places.
Happy birthday, Glacier National Park! On May 11, 1910, President William Taft signed a bill into law establishing the country’s 10th national park. Montana’s Glacier protects glacier-carved peaks and valleys, pristine turquoise lakes and streams, and dense ancient forests for all to enjoy. Learn more about the Crown of the Continent as we celebrate this iconic national park: https://on.doi.gov/glacier.