Greetings from Yellowstone National Park

I first started working in the parks when I was 15. An organization called the Youth Conservation Corps hired me for the summer, and there I learned how to build trails and fences and take care of natural resources. This picture is of the view of the first night I slept under the stars, at Pine Creek Lake just outside of the park. It was the most difficult hike I’d ever done, but the feeling from achieving that accomplishment was nothing like I’d ever felt before. It sparked something in me as a 15 year old I feel was very special, and from then on I knew I wanted to be involved with the parks for the rest of my life. I am now studying forestry and have an internship with Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park for the summer. My journey continues and will hopefully lead me to many places, but Yellowstone will always be my home and the single most important place in my life.

Sincerely,
Maggie

Yellowstone National Park

America's first national park is named after the river that runs through it. Within the park's massive boundaries, visitors can find mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and some of the most concentrated geothermal activity in the world. The park has 60% of the world’s geysers, as well as hot springs and mud pots. It is also home to diverse wildlife with the largest concentration of mammals in the Lower 48 states, including grizzly bears, wolves, bison and elk.

State(s): Idaho Montana, Wyoming,

Established: 1872

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