Kim Heacox – The National Parks: An Illustrated History


National Geographic Books’ ‘The National Parks’
Commemorates Centennial of U.S. National Park Service

The National Parks Illustrated History_edited-1Kim HeacoxSince its establishment under President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, the U.S. National Park Service has protected the astonishing beauty and priceless treasures of America’s national parks. In THE NATIONAL PARKS: An Illustrated, Kim Heacox, award-winning author and former ranger in Alaska’s Denali National Park, takes readers on a journey through America’s rich natural and cultural heritage to celebrate next year’s 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

Did you know?? The National Park Service currently oversees 407 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state and the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • The growth and evolution of the National Park Service from an organization that simply protected “scenery” to one that advocated for cultural and natural preservation and conservation
  • Fascinating stories, such as the first female park ranger, an amateur scuba expedition that unearthed a Civil War treasure trove, and much more.
  • The diverse properties across the National Park Service from glorious glaciers and pristine coral reefs to towering forests and historic sites
  • Various historic properties showcasing important battlefields, historic sites, shores and and recreation areas preserved over a century of dedicated conservation.
  • What citizens can do to support their parks as the National Park Service embarks on its second century of preserving America’s public lands.

The power of the national parks and the ideas they represent are essential to the fabric of our nation. They are more than just pretty places. They have the power to change people.”

— Jonathan B. Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, writes in the introduction

BIO:  Kim Heacox is the award-winning author of a dozen books, including the widely acclaimed memoirs “The Only Kayak” and “Rhythm of the Wild” and the lyrical novel “Jimmy Bluefeather.” A former park ranger, he lives with his wife in Gustavus, Alaska, near Glacier Bay National Park.

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