National Parks

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National Parks

Instructional Resource

This topical collection focuses on the establishment of a national parks system in the United States. Items in the collection can be used to address the following questions:
-What is the difference between "conservation" and "preservation"? Which view towards nature seems to influence our national parks system today?
-In United States history, there is often a tension between progress and protection, or change and tradition. How is that tension reflected in the story of the national parks system? Consider the economic demands of a growing nation and the impulse to make the natural world accessible to all members of U.S. society.

Tags: Parks, environment, conservation, preservation, Muir, Sierra Club, Roosevelt