Some of the first park rangers in America, weren’t rangers at all. They were Buffalo Soldiers – African Americans who served in the U.S. Army after the Civil War. They got their famous nickname from Cheyenne warriors, who likened their dark curly hair to that of buffalo hides. From 1899 to 1904, they were among the first people to work in Yosemite, Yellowstone and Sequoia national parks – more than 10 years before the creation of the National Park Service. These dedicated men protected wildlife from poaching, put out wildfires, built trails, roads, buildings and other infrastructure, and forged a proud legacy in our nation’s history. Photo of Sequoia National Park by Nathan Close (www.sharetheexperience.org).
“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
Born April 21, 1838, John Muir has become America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist. He shared his love of the outdoors through writing and inspired people to protect our country’s wild places like Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Sequoia & Kings Canyon national parks – earning him the nickname the Father of the National Parks. His passion for these special places fueled the formation of the National Park Service in 1916 – two years after his death. Check out 10 Muir quotes that’ll inspire you to explore public lands: on.doi.gov/2p3hcX7
Photo by William Woodward (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Do you remember what is was like to be a child, when everything seemed so huge and amazing? No matter your age, that’s the feeling you’ll get walking through the Giant Forest at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California. Growing over 250 feet tall and over 30 feet wide, these wonders of nature are a sight you’ll never forget. Photo by National Park Service.
Good luck trying to put a star on top of this Christmas tree! 🎄 This time of the year, the towering trees at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are dressed in their winter best with a layer of snow. It is difficult to comprehend the immense size of the giant sequoias, but it is easy to let your mind and spirit rise as its trunk carries your gaze toward the skies. From all of us at Interior, Merry Christmas and happy holidays! Photo by Aaron Chen (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Happy birthday Sequoia National Park – our nation’s 2nd national park! On this day in 1890, Sequoia National Park was established to protect this California park’s iconic sequoia trees, which are some of the largest and oldest trees in the world. From rolling foothills to immense forests to sheer granite peaks rising above lush meadows and broad lake basins, Sequoia National Park continues to astound visitors with its wild beauty. Photo by Daniel Suh (www.sharetheexperience.org).