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Since the founding of the National Park Service in 1916, tens of thousands of NPS employees and volunteers have devoted themselves to preserving our public lands, which today number more than 400. Each person’s NPS career is unique, seasoned with daily duties, grand adventures, and everything in between! Yet there is one common element: each person has plenty of material for terrific stories about living and working in America’s most special places.
These 100 true stories from current and past NPS employees and volunteers make for an engrossing, funny, and often moving read, with something for everyone. The writers welcome visitors, ride the rails, collar caribou, reenact and make history, and every day face the mystery of wildnessincluding plenty of bears!all for America’s public lands.
Featuring more than 100 photographs and stories from 80 different parks, monuments, and historic sites, stretching from the coast of Maine to American Samoa, The Wonder of It All is sure to inspire a new generation to cherish the natural and cultural resources that the National Park Service was born to preserve.
Yosemite Conservancy's publications inspire people to preserve and protect Yosemite National Park’s resources and enrich the visitor’s experience.
Table of Contents
Preface by Jon Jarvis Foreword by Dayton Duncan Acknowledgments 1. Getting Started 2. Life-Changing Moments 3. People to Remember 4. Stories from the Field 5. Volunteer Adventures 6. Love of Place 7. Looking Back, Moving Forward Index of Featured National Park Service Units Index of Authors and Titles Quotation Sources Photograph Credits