Our School Spirit Lasts An Eternity

SCA Class Celebrates 100 Years of the National Park Service

photo-1-6The SCA 7th grade life science students have each researched one of the 58 Unites States National Parks as part of their semester writing requirement.

Each of the students researched a park and wrote a paper describing that park’s history, geographical and biological features, a listing of services provided within that park, and they produced a poster advertising their park.

Members of the Washburn-Langford-Doan Expedition of 1870 realized that many of the large animals would become extinct or rare as the U.S. West was settled and they also realized that most of the land would be used for private enterprise. The members of this group were able to get Congress to pass “The Yellowstone Act of 1872.” On March 1, 1872 this act made the land near the headwaters of the Yellowstone River a “public park”. This became the first step towards the formation of the National Park System that would be established in 1916.

photoPresident Theodore Roosevelt became instrumental in helping grow the idea of public lands set aside for the enjoyment and use by all U.S. citizens. In 1906 Congress passed the “American Antiquities Act” which led to the preservation and protection of 230 million acres of public lands.

On August 25, 1916 Congress passed the “Organic Act” which established the National Park Service and making it an official part of the Department of the Interior. The primary purpose being to establish, promote and regulate the use of “National Parks”. On June 10, 1933 Executive Order #6166 passed and caused all national monuments and national historical sites to fall under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. On July 28 of the same year, Executive Order #6228 transferred all of the National Cemeteries from the War Department to the National Park Service.

photo-1Today there are 413 separate sites (cemeteries, monuments, historical sites and parks) that account for 84 million acres that belong to the citizens of the United States of America. These sites can be found in all 50 states as well as in the U.S. Territories of Samoa, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. In 2015 the National Park Service estimated that 307,247,252 people visited one of these sites.