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The National Parks: 100th Anniversary of America’s Best Idea

The National Parks of the United States have been called “America’s Best Idea”. Each park represents and preserves areas that are unique in geography, geology, biology, and culture. The American system of national parks was the first of its kind in the world, and provides a living model for other nations wishing to establish and manage their own protected areas.
The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th anniversary on August 25, 2016.  People all over the world have been embracing the opportunities to explore, learn, be inspired, or simply have fun in our 407 national parks for 100 years, as well as benefiting from the ways the National Park Service’s community-based recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs positively impact visitors’ own communities.
In celebration of the upcoming National Park Service Centennial, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service kicked off the Find Your Park movement to inspire all people to connect with, enjoy, and support America’s national parks. Those who already know and love the parks as well as the next generation of visitors, supporters, and advocates are welcomed to join the movement at FindYourPark.com and by using #FindYourPark on social media. This is an exciting time as the National Park Service enters a second century of stewardship!
To coincide with the National Park Service Centennial and highlight the PBS miniseries by Ken Burns, Kanawha County Public Library offers information and materials for you to research when deciding where to go and what to see. The information included here spotlights some of the lesser known sites near the larger, more famous neighbors that are operated by the National Park Service. More information on them can be obtained through our library’s materials and online at the National Park Service website.
You’ll also find material on West Virginia’s state parks. You don’t have to drive or fly across the country to discover unique scenery or once-in-a-lifetime experiences. In the Mountain State, you’ll discover spots for skiing, mineral springs, and sites of historical importance, from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War and beyond.