• African Burial Ground National Monument, New York. National Park Service photo.

    Small Wonders: The 12 Teeniest National Park Sites

    National parks encompass vast wilderness areas and grand landscapes, yet so many of America’s greatest treasures come in much smaller packages. Twelve national park sites measure less than one acre each, though they share enormous stories of struggle, leadership, tragedy, and creative spirit in less space than a football field. Here are the teeniest spots, […]

  • A painting of Hetch Hetchy Valley in 1870, before the area was flooded and dammed. Art by Albert Bierstadt.

    The ‘Outrageous Evil’ That Led to the Birth of the National Park Service

    Today, the National Park Service celebrates its 99th birthday. Establishing an agency dedicated to the care of America’s national parks is one of our country’s most visionary accomplishments. The lands and landmarks our park rangers protect are among the world’s greatest wonders. Long before families loaded up station wagons to head to places like Grand […]

  • Paddling at Gateway National Recreation Area in New York. Photo © Michael Falco.

    On the Eve of the National Parks’ Centennial, We Must All Work to Make Parks More Diverse

    Next year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. I cannot imagine a world without the beauty these spaces offer us. We have inherited these remarkable places from those who came before us, those who saw the need to honor the history that is represented at public lands like the Statue of Liberty, […]

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