EarthShare Honors National Parks Centennial

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Domen Jakus/Flickr

 

This year, 2016, marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park System. To commemorate this special occasion, EarthShare staff members reflected on their favorite memories of our National Parks. These national treasures not only protect the country’s unique biodiversity, but also offer visitors surprising, awe-inspiring experiences.

What’s your favorite memory of the park? Let us know in the comments section below, or post your memory to social media with the hashtags #FindYourPark or #NPS100. Then, visit EarthShare member charity National Parks Conservation Association to find out how you can protect the parks.

 

Denali

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NPS / Jacob W. Frank

 

I went to Alaska in 2006 and spent two days in Denali National Park. We saw plenty of wildlife in the park itself, but what I remember most vividly was waiting for the train to Fairbanks and seeing a moose in the parking lot of the train station. A wolf on the other side of the train tracks was watching it very closely! We also loved standing on the deck of our cottage in Denali – when it was 11:30pm and there was still plenty of daylight in mid-June.

- Miriam Davidson, Public Campaigns Manager

 

Yellowstone

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Erica Flock

 

Yellowstone National Park in autumn is crisp and magical: steam rising in the early morning from hot springs and fumeroles; elk bugling their mating songs, bison wandering the valleys and forests with green garlands in their fur.

As vast as Yellowstone National Park is - it's larger than the states of Rhode Island or Delaware - it sits within a much larger ecosystem that includes humans. These borderlands are where conservation is truly tested. I was inspired to meet a woman named Hilary Anderson who has found sustainable ways to cattle ranch alongside wolves and bears. Hilary represents a new generation of rancher that is rethinking our relationship with the wild from one of fear and destruction, to one of respect and coexistence.

- Erica Flock, Communications Consultant

 

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal 

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It was like a page cut from Genesis in the days of creation: The entire sky was overcast with big purple clouds lunging down from above with just a small clearing in the western sky for the setting sun to shoot its rays through. New spring growth was everywhere – swaths of bluebells, violets, small wild & spotted flowers smaller than a fingernail, bright new blades of grass, golden asters, and new leaves breaking through from their branches on many of the trees.

This scene all took place on the banks of the Potomac just below the C&O Canal National Historical Park towpath at Carderock where the river bottom causes the water to flow like mini-whitewater rushing from the mountains. The clouds & sunset reflected on the water along with the flowers and trees on the banks provide a truly sacred experience. It was like stepping into Eden, and all just minutes from Washington, DC… in one of our treasured national parks!

- Paul Fitzpatrick, Information System Manager

 

Yosemite

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Albert de Bruijn/Flickr

 

Last summer my friends and I took a trip to California to visit Big Sur and Yosemite. Yosemite has always been a dream of mine because of the sequoias. I have been an activist for half my life and have worked so hard to protect this ecosystem. It was breathtaking and something that words can’t even explain.

I also saw how climate change is devastating our national parks. Wildfires have destroyed acres and acres of land and waterfalls have dried up. It is more important than ever to invest in and protect our national parks. I want my children to experience Yosemite and not have to rely on pictures of how it used to be.

- Beth Gunter, Campaign Support Specialist

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