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The Camping Trip That Changed America is the story of a very important adventure in the great outdoors. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt asked naturalist John Muir to take him camping. Roosevelt was so ready to get lost in the woods he ordered all of his aids away. The two men hiked and camped alone in the redwoods of Yosemite. Muir talked about the geology and the animals and the things he felt endangered them. President Roosevelt watched and listened. When he returned to Washington, President Roosevelt got to work.
In 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt established the U.S. Forest Service. Their spokesperson is someone you might know – Smokey the Bear! Today the U.S. Forest Service is responsible for 154 National Forests and 20 National Grasslands.
The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act. This act created the National Park Service to help manage national parks, battlefields, historic sites, and monuments. Today, the National Park Service is responsible for 59 National Parks and 78 National Monuments.
- Hoosier National Forest, Bedford, IN
Indiana has 3 National Parks:
- The Indiana Dunes, Porter, IN
- The George Rogers Clark Memorial, Vincennes, IN
- The Lincoln Boyhood Memorial, Lincoln City, IN
The eBooks, books, websites, activities and more on this page will help you learn about America’s stunning National Parks.
Websites, Activities & Printables:
- Official Site: National Parks Service
- Official site: National Parks
- Find a Park
- Sesame Street: National Parks Videos, Games & Printables
- Ken Burns’ The National Parks
- Printable: National Parks Activity Map
- Printable: Sesame Street National Parks Coloring Page
- Printable: Sesame Street National Park Nature Journal
- Printable: Sesame Street National Park Scavenger Hunt
U.S. History in Context: National Parks is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home with your IndyPL Library Card. Login using your library card number and PIN. What’s My PIN? It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about U.S. National Parks.
Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eBooks. Click on a book jacket & enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?
Use your indyPL Library Card number and PIN to check out FREE Online eVideos. Click on a link, enter your Library Card number and PIN to borrow. What’s My PIN?
- Travel to U.S. National Parks
- Grand Canyon
- Discovering National Monuments
- The National Park: America’s Best Idea: The Scripture of Nature
- The National Park: America’s Best Idea: The Last Refuge
- The National Park: America’s Best Idea: The Empire of Grandeur
- The National Park: America’s Best Idea: Going Home
- The National Park: America’s Best Idea: Great Nature
- The National Park: America’s Best Idea: The Morning of Creation