• Park Cultural Landscapes


Throughout history, people's relationship with the landscape has shaped communities, personal stories, and historic events. Here we highlight people whose significant contributions to the stories shared by the National Park Service included direct links and influence of their surrounding landscapes.

Featured Person

Zehra Osman

Zehra Osman
Yellowstone National Park
Zehra Osman remembers first learning about cultural landscapes in 1990. “I was the new park landscape architect at Grand Canyon and was anxious to begin improving public spaces on the South Rim. I was told I’d have to slow down my projects to document something called cultural landscapes.”

Once she explored the concept of cultural landscapes and historic preservation concepts, she was hooked. “When I discovered how a cultural landscape contributed to the character of a historic property, I knew our projects would be even better – that we could preserve the sense of place.” Read More