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National Parks Centennial:
Protect, Connect, Inspire

It's been said that our national parks are "America's best idea." As the National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, this is the year to celebrate the centennial of a very American effort. The story of the NPS is the story of people who fought for the protection of places that have helped define our national identity; places we now hold dear.

At a moment when the American mind was beginning to shift from the concept of wilderness as something to conquer to a more romantic notion of nature, the NPS founders battled progress, greed and ignorance to become the architects of our family vacations, and the inventors of icons with worldwide appeal. The theme of the NPS centennial celebration is "Protect, Connect, Inspire." These books below will do just that.

The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors
by James Edward Mills

James Edward Mills chron-icles the first all-African-American summit attempt on Alaska's Mount Denali in Denali National Park. In The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors, he addresses the ethnicity gap that exists among those who seek recreation, adventure, and solace in our wild spaces. This adventure story outlines the impor-tance of inspiring future generations of all races and ethnicities to value nature.
Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bisons and Bears: 100 Years in the National Park Service 
by Heather Hansen

Heather Hansen celebrates the dedicated men and women of our National Park Service who have safeguarded the nation's natural legacy for 100 years in Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears.
She deftly weaves facts and information into entertaining stories about the characters and cultural conditions that spawned the NPS, and its journey over 100 years.

The Carry Home 
by Gary Ferguson

Gary Ferguson's award-winning books address environmental threats, outdoor adventure, and the importance of nature in our lives. The Carry Home is a moving story of adventure, loss, and conservation milestones. In yet another bestselling memoir, Ferguson chronicles the uplifting power of nature he finds as he visits and eloquently describes many of our country's National Parks and wild places.

The Anna Pigeon Mysteries
by Nevada Barr

Former actress and park ranger turned award-winning novelist, Nevada Barr is the NYT and international bestselling author of the mystery books series featuring her beloved character, Anna Pigeon, a strong and capable Park Ranger. Each of her 20 mysteries is set in a different national park in the United States. Her newest mystery, Boar Island, is set in Acadia National Park in Maine. Due May, 2016.

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