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People who love Parks share their favorite National Park stories

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January 2017 – The National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday in 2016. As part of the celebration, people who love parks shared stories about their favorite national parks, what they like to do there, and what those parks mean to them. A park can be a place, a state of mind, a memory or a moment – whatever gives meaning to your life.

Ranger Maria Thomson found her park while on an Everglades field trip with her daughter. She was inspired to become a park ranger (watch the video below). Her daughter Maria and son Rudy caught the bug too, and became park rangers themselves. All three are pictured above.

Read the stories below about how people found their park and then go FIND YOUR PARK!

Does this outfit match my canoe? A Miami fashionista finds her park on a camping trip in the Everglades. Read More

Out of the Shadows: Ranger Gary Bremen at Biscayne National Park finds his park – and himself – while watching the sun rise over the Grand Canyon. Read More

Reflections on Wilderness: A weekend paddler finds his park on an eight-day kayak trip through the Everglades. Read More

My Birthday Island: A Miami native finds her park on a memorable Biscayne Bay birthday. Read More

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