When you think of a national park, what do you picture? Bison, majestic mountains, amber waves of grain? Well, think again. The parks of today are messy, wired, and rapidly changing — and damn beautiful all the same. We’re marking 100 years of the National Park Service by taking a look at how humans shape the wild places they hold dear, and vice versa. So take your selfie, but don’t forget to take in the view.
Stories in this series:
Jamaica Bay is an imperiled swamp nestled next to the biggest city in America -- and it has a lot to teach us.
The folks with trees, mountains, and bison on their badges have decided it’s high time to serve city dwellers.
A little park safety awareness wouldn't kill you.
The parks are having an identity crisis -- so we renamed them.
"The goal of our centennial is not to scare everyone to death about climate change."
Only 57 percent had ever set foot in the parks, but 85 percent want more of them -- especially in cities.
From smartphones to webcams, technology could help us understand — and appreciate — parks in the coming century.
By 2100, the climates of our parks may have shifted drastically.