The NPS has expanded and the parks have evolved, but they remain an essential means of escape from our busy lives, and a vital resource to preserve for future generations.

Approaching the next 250 years

The year 2026 will see the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. This document embodied the American vision of a new, free land—though many did lose their homes and lives in the process. Little did the Signers of the Declaration know that, more than 200 years later, the American people would become stewards of the country’s mountains, forests, deserts, and wetlands—essentially making every American citizen a park ranger. And that these lands of wonder would be officially protected ...

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