The National park Service By Evan Burmeister

The National Park Service

The national park service is a part of the American government, charged with the job of protecting America’s national monuments and natural treasures.

Arches National Park

The National Parks were founded by John Muir on August 25, 1916, after visiting several protected areas of wildlife, and he noticed their striking beauty. He wrote a letter to President Theodore Roosevelt stating his objective to save America’s last wild places. Theodore Roosevelt was a big game hunter with a deep respect for wildlife. John Muir called for a law protecting certain areas untouched by by human contact. Theodore Roosevelt was persuaded and with his help, a law was passed in 1916. This year the National Park Service turned 100 years old.

Bison grazing by a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park

Today, there are 58 national parks, from Arches National Park, to Zion National Park, from Alaska, to Hawaii, to Florida. The 5 most popular National Parks include:

1.Great Smoky Mountains National Park

2. Grand Canyon National Park

3.Rocky Mountains National Park

4.Yosemite National Park

5.Yellowstone National Park

Morraine Lake National Park

John Muir

John Muir was born April 21, 1838, in Dunbar Scotland, and immigrated to the US when he was 11 years old. His family settled in Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin in the early 1860’s, then left school in 1863 to study botany. That wasn’t enough to pay rent, and he also took up a few miscellaneous jobs along the way. While he was working in factory, an accident left him with temporary blindness. After he healed, he discovered his love for nature, taking long nature hikes. He once walked from Indiana to Florida, and kept taking long wilderness hikes. Later, after moving to California, he visited Yosemite National Park, and after studying the landscape and geography with a friend, (James Mason Hutchings) he published papers in the newspaper stating new facts about the park’s environment. After founding the Sequoia Club in 1892, he continued to study the flora and fauna of the world. He died on December 24, 1914. Even though he is considered the father of the National Parks, his legacy is remembered most prominently in the Yosemite, Sequoia, and Grand Canyon National Parks.


Works Cited

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Bison. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2017. <>.

Grizzly Bear. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2017. <>.

Hawaii National Parks. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2017. <>.

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Morraine Lake National Park. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb. 2017. <>.

The National Park Service. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2017. <>.


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