Aug 31 2016

This month, our National Park Service turns 100!  Artist George Catlin was the visionary behind the idea of creating a national park after witnessing the destruction of wildlife and culture within Great Plains in California.  He felt that these areas should be protected with the help of the government.

Catlin’s vision was not fully adopted until the passing of the Antiquities Act of 1906 designed to protect public lands with antiquities and scientific interest by creating National Monuments.  Theodore Roosevelt signed the Act on June 8, 1906.  The first designated National Monument was Devil’s Tower in Wyoming.  On August 25, 1916, Woodrow Wilson signed an Act that created the National Park Service to manage the National Monuments and Parks throughout America.

Today, many vacations include a visit to one of our 58 National Parks throughout America.  There are 6 National Parks right here in Florida!  These include the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve near Jacksonville, the Canaveral National Seashore just south of Daytona Beach, Biscayne National Park near Miami Beach, the Dry Tortugas National Park at the end of our chain of Keys, Big Cypress National Preserve just out our back door in Naples, and Everglades National Park at the southernmost tip of Florida.  Plan a weekend, or even a day trip to one of these Parks for a fun and awesome experience!