Exploring Our National Parks

Facilitators:     Edie Thompson, 484-2039, ediethompson@hotmail.com Tom Crow, 682-5501, crow.thomasr@gmail.com                                       Dates:            Thursdays, January 11– March 1, 2018 Time:              1:30 PM - 3:30 PM                           Text:             None, a list of resources will be provided Presentations:  Required

National Parks are considered by many to be the crown jewel of federal lands. Since the National Park Service’s Organic Act was passed by Congress and signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916, the national park system has grown to 59 parks with half the states home to a National Park. Each year, millions of visitors from throughout the world visit these parks. In doing so, they create memories that last a lifetime. In Exploring Our National Parks, class members will share their experiences with National Parks and learn about the features that make them special. We will also consider the many issues such as the conflict between use and protection that confront National Park managers.

Presenters will be expected to provide a history of a National Park, provide a general description of the park, describe the feature(s) that make it unique, and consider critical management issues threatening the park. An attempt will be made to select parks from a wide geographic area representing a variety of geological and ecological conditions. Join the class and share your impressions as well as pictures from a visit to your favorite park.