The wonder of it all 100 stories from the National Park Service

Yosemite Conservancy (Organization)

Book - 2016

"Since the founding of the National Park Service in 1916, tens of thousands of NPS employees and volunteers have devoted themselves to preserving our public lands, which today number more than 400. Each person's NPS career is unique, seasoned with daily duties, grand adventures, and everything in between! Yet there is one common element: each person has plenty of material for terrific stories about living and working in America's most special places. These 100 true stories from cu...rrent and past NPS employees and volunteers make for an engrossing, funny, and often moving read, with something for everyone. The writers welcome visitors, ride the rails, collar caribou, reenact and make history, and every day face the mystery of wildness -- including plenty of bears! -- all for America's public lands. Featuring more than 100 photograph and stories from 80 different parks, monuments, and historic sites, stretching from the coast of Maine to American Samoa, The Wonder of It All is sure to inspire a new generation to cherish the natural and cultural resources that the National Park Service was born to preserve."--provided by

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Yosemite National Park, [California] : Yosemite Conservancy [2016]
Physical Description
xiv, 305 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Corporate Author
Yosemite Conservancy (Organization) (editor)
Other Authors
Jonathan B. Jarvis (author of preface)
  • Preface by Jon Jarvis
  • Foreword by Dayton Duncan
  • Acknowledgments
  • Getting started
  • Life-changing moments
  • People to remember
  • Stories from the field
  • Volunteer adventures
  • Love of place
  • Looking back, moving forward.
Review by Library Journal Review

These short memoir-type entries from National Park Service workers make it clear that wondrous experiences are hard to avoid in their jobs. Each story is imbued with the authors' passion for their work and relates insider details that will be of interest to past and future visitors. Many entries relate fondly the authors' childhood park vacations; others discuss the joy they felt upon gaining a park job or volunteer position; and almost all relate the pride park employees feel in nurturing these resources for future generations and providing lasting memories for today's tourists. The accounts, many of which are accompanied by black-and-white photos of the contributors and of park scenes, also delve into the varied jobs performed by park employees. VERDICT A fun choice for careers shelves and a great browse for parks enthusiasts.-Henrietta Verma, -formerly with Library Journal © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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