National Parks: 103 Years of History
Free for REI Members
Free for non-members
- Group size 40 people
- Instructor Becky Burghart
National Parks are places that awe, inspire, and bring us to tears. They are places that make us feel both small and a part of something large. They inspire our creativity, ignite our adventurous spirits, and challenge us to chase our dreams. National parks represent the cultural fabric of our diverse nation and share the stories of We the People. Our shared history can be found in national parks from Main to Guam and from Alaska to Puerto Rico. Across the United States and abroad, National parks provide opportunities for us to understand and appreciate the complex stories, the humanity of our nation, and the natural world in which we live. National parks tell the stories of some our best qualities--when ordinary people stood up and did extraordinary things. National parks also show our continuing struggle to achieve our ideals. Becky Burghart, National Park Service Site Manager for the Hanford Unit of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, will take us through the first century of our national parks during which the National Park Service grew from an idea to an international leader in conservation that now manages more than 420 different parks sites across the country.