Get Back to the Basics with Parks 101

An Intro into the Lesser-Known Stories of Our National Parks
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You already know that national parks protect our nation’s most fascinating and complex histories. You have seen, whether with your own eyes or through photographic evidence, the marvelous and varied landscapes preserved from the rocky shores of Acadia to Guam’s War in the Pacific National Historical Park. You appreciate the breadth of the National Park System and realize that each of the over 400 national parks offers unique and important experiences for all who visit.

You also understand that there’s always more to discover.

Enter Parks 101.

In honor of its 101st anniversary in 2017, the National Park Service is teaming up with the National Park Foundation to showcase Parks 101 – an extension of the #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque movement – through live events, social media moments, digital content, and more.

Through such ongoing immersive content series, Parks 101 will feature lesser-known national parks you may not have discovered yet and little-known stories in the parks you may or may not already know. It will also highlight the basics on a range of topics, such as camping 101, kayaking 101, battlefields 101, shipwrecks 101, and equality and civil rights 101 – the possibilities are endless!

Remnants of the Mandalay shipwreck at Biscayne National Park

The Mandalay shipwreck at Biscayne National Park

Ana Zangroniz, NPS

Celebrities, local heroes, rangers, and other talented narrators will present these enthralling less publicized stories from across the National Park System, including stories about the National Park Service and National Park Foundation’s work.

Join us as we explore unexpected stories and experiences from America’s national parks and programs. Uncover captivating lessons and tales, and be inspired to get out there and go find your park – o mejor dicho, encuentra tu parque.


Great idea. On a work trip to Providence, I stopped by the Roger Williams Memorial Park. The ladies in the visitors center were knowledgeable and super helpful. Great learning opportunity and hidden gem in downtown Providence.
We are taking a ferry on 8/28 to Isle Royals, the end of our 39 year quest to visit all 58 National Parks. What a beautiful adventure. We have been to all except the northern most Alaska Parks

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