NPS Centennial

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What do National Parks mean to you? Parks mean many things to many people—they are places of outdoor adventures, landscapes of respite and restoration, hallowed grounds of sacrifice, and sites that mark the most pivotal moments in our nation's history.

The National Park idea emerged 150 years ago during the Civil War when the nation was struggling over the moral imperative of equal rights for all, and the words of George Perkins Marsh were gaining fertile ground in the call to recognize the co-dependence of society and nature.

Frederick Billings nurtured the germ of the National Park idea when he commissioned photographer Carleton Watkins to document Yosemite Valley. Watkins' stunning photographs were sent to Washington and inspired a divided congress to join efforts in an unprecedented act to preserve an iconic landscape for all Americans. It would take another 50 years to officially establish the National Park Service.

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The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016, and the entire year was quite a celebration! Throughout 2016, hundreds of millions of you ventured out to Find Your Park-learning, discovering, getting inspired, or simply having fun in national parks. Thank you for joining us!

The Find Your Park party will continue in 2017 as we invite you to continue your own journey to discover national parks and public lands. Share your stories at (and and with #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque on social media.

National parks across the system engaged in a variety of activities to prepare for and celebrate the centennial. Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park was a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we did and join us as the National Park Service enters a new century in 2017!


Call to Action Projects 

  • Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP Talks About the Changing Face of the Outdoors

    Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP talks about the changing face of the outdoors

    On August 4, 2016, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park partnered with the Billings Farm & Museum to screen the 2013 film An American Ascent which documents Expedition Denali, the first African-American expedition to attempt a summit of Denali (formerly Mt. McKinley), North America's highest peak. While the film showcases the mountaineering and adventure, the theme of the film is about shedding light on the complexity of diversity in outdoor recreation. Read more

  • Environmental Sustainability at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

    Environmental leadership and sustainability are important aspects of the park's mission.

    The park’s Facility Management Division has been making significant capital investments for the design and implementation of new “green” technologies and has taken many initiatives to reduce the park’s environmental footprint. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP is well on its way to becoming what professor and author John Elder called a “new kind of park” with an entirely “new environmental paradigm”. Read more

  • Trek to Taste Celebrates National Trails Day

    Trek to Taste tent on Mt Tom

    Close to 1200 people found their park at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park’s “Trek to Taste” a celebration of National Trails Day, June 6. Farm fresh food, guided hikes, arts and crafts, music, yoga, an ice cream social, and student farm to school projects were on the menu in this celebration. Contributions by over thirty community partners, the Vermont NPS Rivers and Trails Technical Assistance Program, and 200 volunteers... Read more

  • Living Language Program Successful Park School Partnership

    Advanced Language Students

    Through innovative partnership between Woodstock Union High School MAC Language teachers & Park staff, advanced language (both french and spanish) students connect to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP stewardship stories in their studied languages. Read more

  • Vermont Atlas of Life Field Day

    Photographing moths at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

    Dozens of naturalists converged on Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park to learn how citizen scientists can participate in the Vermont Atlas of Life project at Walks focusing on birds, bees, plants, and moths allowed naturalists of all ages to learn more about these organisms. Participants submitted photographs online as part of the park’s citizen scientist database. Perhaps more importantly, they learned about natural history and how they can Read more

A Call to Action Projects for Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park

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