Thursday, August 25, 2016

Happy Birthday to the National Park Service!

Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday dear National Park Service,
Happy birthday to you!

Today marks the 100th birthday of America's National Park Service.  Although the first national park (Yellowstone) was created in 1872, the National Park Service was not created until 25 August 1916.

The National Park Service currently manages over 400 different units of land across the United States; including 59 National Parks, dozens of National Monuments, Preserves, Historical Parks and Sites, Battlefields, Military Parks, Memorials, etc.

Michigan is home to five official National Park Service units:  Isle Royal National Park, Keweenaw National Historical Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and the River Raisin National Battlefield Park.  The state is also home to a portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail and the Motor Cities National Heritage Area.

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