America’s National Parks – 100 Years

2016 marks the centennial celebration of America’s National Parks.  Don’t wait another 100 years. Read about and visit your National Parks this year.


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Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America's Wild Places

Ansel Adams
Adult Nonfiction - 770.92 Adams Ada

Includes more than 200 of the noted photographer's photos of America's national parks--including Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and more--reproduced in high-quality doutone, including 50 that have never before been published, all augmented by quotes from Adams himself and essays.


Fodor's The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West

Sarah Amandolare
Adult Nonfiction - 917.8043 Ama

Majestic mountains, towering redwoods, and river-carved canyons---a visit to the national parks of the West is a rite of passage. This full-color guide is the planning tool for a perfect parks trip. It includes 38 of the nation's best-loved parks, among them the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain.


The Hour of Land : A Personal Topography of America's National Parks

Terry Tempest Williams
Adult Nonfiction - 333.7809 Wil

For years, America's national parks have provided public breathing spaces in a world in which such spaces are steadily disappearing, which is why close to 300 million people visit the parks each year. Now, to honor the centennial of the National Park Service, Terry Tempest Williams, the author of the beloved memoir When Women Were Birds, returns with The Hour of Land, a literary celebration of our national parks, what they mean to us, and what we mean to them.


National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States

National Geographic
Adult Nonfiction - 917.3 Nat

In time for the National Park's 100th birthday, this flagship, best-selling guide is fully revamped and updated with all new text, photographs, and design. National Geographic writers hit all 59 national parks—including Pinnacles, the newest in the crown—for intensive on-the-ground research.


National Geographic, the National Parks: an Illustrated History

Kim Heacox
Adult Nonfiction - 363.6809 Hea

A lavishly photographed celebration of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary combines top-selected National Geographic photography with expert historical coverage of topics ranging from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty.


National Parks of America: Experience America's 59 National Parks
Adult Nonfiction - 917.3 Nat

To celebrate America's amazing national parks, Lonely Planet, the world's leading travel publisher, takes you on an informative and gorgeous tour of all 59 parks with our lavishly finished hardcover gift guide packed with detailed itineraries and practical tips on what to do and see in each park to get you started planning your next adventure.


The National Parks Coast to Coast: the 100 Best Hikes

Ted Alvarez
Adult Nonfiction - 796.510973 Alv

100 Best Hikes in National Parks is a celebration of the best of the best in America’s parks, out in time for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.


The National Parks: an American Legacy: Celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service

Ian Shive
Adult Nonfiction - 363.6809 Shi

From the cascading waterfalls of Yosemite to the unique geothermal features of Yellowstone, the U.S. national parks are among the most breathtaking destinations in the world. Founded to preserve such natural beauty for posterity, the national parks represent one of America’s crowning achievements and international treasures.

The National Parks: An American Legacy tells the story of the parks through the photography of Ian Shive, as well as through poignant essays by notable naturalists, scientists, explorers, and artists. Timed to coincide with the celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service, this lavish volume reveals the grandeur and history of the parks and looks toward what the next 100 years will bring.


See America: A Celebration of Our National Parks & Treasured Sites

Creative Action Network
Adult Nonfiction - 741.674 See

To coincide with the 2016 centennial anniversary of the National Parks Service, the Creative Action Network has partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association to revive and reimagine the legacy of WPA travel posters. Artists from all over the world have participated in the creation of this new, crowdsourced collection of See America posters for a modern era. Featuring artwork for 75 national parks and monuments across all 50 states, this engaging volume celebrates the full range of our nation's landmarks and treasured wilderness.


A Thinking Person's Guide to America's National Parks

David Harmon Mitchell
Adult Nonfiction - 333.783 Thi

A visually stunning exploration of America’s national park system contains 23 essays from contributing authors with deep personal and professional connections to the national parks that delve into issues affecting such parks as Yellowstone, Statue of Liberty National Monument and Mesa Verde National Park.


A Weird and Wild Beauty : the Story of Yellowstone, the World's First National Park

Erin Peabody
Adult Nonfiction - 978.752 Pea

Documents the explorations of a nineteenth-century team of scientists and artists who surveyed the natural wonders of Yellowstone before appealing to Congress to have the region preserved from development.  In the summer of 1871, a team of thirty-two men set out on the first scientific expedition across Yellowstone. Through uncharted territory, some of the day’s most renowned scientists and artists explored, sampled, sketched, and photographed the region’s breathtaking wonders from its white-capped mountain vistas and thundering falls to its burping mud pots and cauldrons of molten magma. At the end of their adventure, the survey packed up their specimens and boarded trains headed east, determined to convince Congress that the country needed to preserve the land from commercial development. They returned with stories of wonder hardly short of fairy tales.


Wild America

David Muench & Roly Smith
Adult Nonfiction - 917.3 Mue

Wild America brings together David Muench, the eminent wilderness photographer, with Roly Smith, the respected outdoor writer. This book celebrates their personal selection of “America’s best idea”—its National Parks.

Its publication marks the centenary of the “Organic Act,” the 1916 federal law that established the world’s first National Park Service. Share their personal selection—in words and stunning photographs of 21 wildernesses from Acadia to Zion.