National Parks & National Forests

National Parks & National Forests

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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.

Indiana has 1 National Forest:

Indiana has 3 National Parks:


The eBooks, books, websites, activities and more on this page will help you learn about America’s stunning National Parks.

Websites, Activities & Printables:

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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?Overdrive

Ranger Rick's National ParksYellowstone National ParkWhere Is Mt. Rushmore?Where is the Grand Canyon?The Grand Canyon


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?Overdrive

Non-Fiction Printed Books:

Yellowstone MoranThe Camping Trip That Saved AmericaMountain ChefNational Parks a Kids' GuideA Weird and Wild BeautyThe 12 Most Amazing American Natural WondersNational Parks Guide USAOur Great Big Back YardWhat are the 7 Natural Wonders of the United StatesMy Book of AnimalsPark ScientistsBuddy Bison's YellowstoneGrand CanyonGrand Canyon National ParkGreat Smoky MountainsGreat Smoky Mountains National ParkYellowstoneYellowstone National ParkYosemiteYosemite National ParkDeath ValleyDeath ValleyDeath Valley National ParkEvergladesEverglades National ParkMount Rushmore

Printed Fiction:

The Missing Grizzly CubsSand Dune PonyThe Grand Canyon Burros that BrokeThe Everglades Poacher Who PretendedThe Mount Rushmore Face That Couldn't SeeThe Yellowstone Kidnapping That Wasn'tDanger in the NarrowsGlacier National Park Going to the SunGrand Canyon National Park Tail of the ScorpionGreat Smoky Mountain National Park Ridge Runner RescueMount Rushmore, Badlands & Wind Cave Going UndergroundOlympic National Park Touch of the Tide Pool Crack of the GlacierRocky Mountain National Prk Peril on Longs PeakYellowstone National Park Eye of the GrizzlyYosemite National Park Harrowing Ascent of Half DomeArches and Canyonlands National Park The Land of Standing Rocks
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