George Washington Carver National Monument will be offering a program to commemorate the 96th anniversary of Founder’s Day of the National Park Service titled “Protecting America’s Greatest Treasures: The History of the National Park Service.”
This free 45-minute program will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday in the park’s visitor center.
“Founder’s Day is a program that we are going to be celebrating here for the first time at George Washington Carver National Monument,” said Douglas Bazar, park guide at the monument. “And what we are celebrating is, essentially, the birthday of the National Park Service, which was really founded with the Organic Act, which was passed on Aug. 25, 1916. We are going to have a program where we are going to sort of look at the story behind the park service. Everything has a story behind it, so we really want to look at the story behind the founding of the park service and how the park service has developed into the park service today.”
The program is part of the National Park Service’s “A Call to Action” centennial campaign to connect the American people to their parks. This ranger-led slide show will focus on exploring the events leading up to the service’s founding, an explanation of the various types of units found throughout the National Park Service, the state of the National Park Service today, and what makes the National Park Service “America’s Best Idea.”
“It is going to be a little bit of everything,” Bazar said about the program. “I plan on showing probably a five- to 10-minute video clip in there, then I will have a PowerPoint presentation, the meat of the presentation is going to be more of a lecture than anything else. There will be plenty of opportunities for questions of course. Probably one of the questions that I get asked quite a bit is what is the difference between a national park, national monument, national historic site. So I want to look at some of those differences, as far as the various types of units in the park service, and try to answer some of those questions.”
Today, the National Park Service preserves and protects for the enjoyment of future generations nearly 400 sites throughout the United States and its territories.
George Washington Carver National Monument is located at 5646 Carver Rd., approximately two miles west of Diamond. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 325-4151 or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/gwca.