Enter to Win! 100 years of inspiration: Our National Parks Essay Contest

August 25, 2016
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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness”
-John Muir

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an “organic act” creating the U.S. National Parks Service. Although Yellowstone National Park had already existed for 44 years, this act created a Federal Agency whose purpose was to “protect and regulate the use of Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations”. Basically, this means that for the first time, national parks were guaranteed to be protected and maintained, something that had not always been a sure thing before.

15206456259_1b52533be3_kPhoto courtesy of Jim Peaco and Yellowstone National Park

Now it’s time to show everyone why these places matter. Send in you most inspiring stories about a visit to a national park, monument or reservation by August 30th, and we’ll pick out our favorite. The winning story will earn its writer a copy of MacGillivray Freeman’s National Parks Adventure, the companion book to the super popular Giant Screen film, and we’ll post the essay to our blog, for all to appreciate.

-Essays entered can be no longer than 500 words. Please send them to: webeditor@hmns.org
-The subject of the essay should pertain to a visit to a U.S. national park, monument or reservation.
-And remember: Turn in your entry by August 30th

Winners will be contacted on Friday, September 2.


Authored By Chris Wells

Adventure is my middle name. Well… actually it’s French. Literally, it’s Christopher French Wells. But the spirit of adventure lives in me, and has always inspired me to go out and seek new experiences. I’ve traveled to Europe, Mexico and South America, as well as few places in the U.S. I’ve seen different places with different cultures, learned some things about humanity and about myself in particular. My goal is to lend my unique perspective, carved out of my own triumphs and tragedies, fears and fancies encountered during my years of college and international travel, to the other great voices of this blog. Hopefully to the enjoyment of our readers…

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