National Park and Recreation Month

The National Park Service (NPS) was founded in 1916 under President Woodrow Wilson. The NPS was initially tasked with preserving and managing the nation's growing number of national parks and monuments, then it expanded its mission to include the conservation of natural and cultural resources, providing recreational opportunities, and educating visitors about the significance of America's natural wonders and historic landmarks.

Did you know that there are 429 national park sites in the United States? And in South Carolina, we have 7, each offering beautiful natural scenery and rich history. This July, embark on an adventure for National Park and Recreation Month by exploring nature and delving into South Carolina's local history. From the coastal forts of Charleston to the vibrant wildlife of Congaree, national parks provide the perfect opportunity to connect with the great outdoors. Join us in learning about these incredible places and the importance of preserving them during National Park and Recreation Month.

Image of the National Park System courtesy of the National Park Service
National Park System image courtesy of the National Park Service

On the Shelves

This month, our Federal Documents Depository showcases all 7 national park sites and one trail located in South Carolina. To learn more about these sites, visit us at the South Carolina State Library or click on the links below:

Upcoming Event

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Freedom of Information Act Roundtable

July 18, 2024, 1:00 PM

Join leaders of the South Carolina Press Association for an in-depth conversation about how the Freedom of Information Act affects the news you hear every day. The panelists of veteran journalists will discuss how FOIA helps them keep the public informed and how you can do the same.  Q&A session to follow!

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