This year marks the 100th anniversary of national parks. Tuesday at BSU National Parks Director Jonathan Jarvis, who has spent the last 40 years of his life dedicated to the Park Service spoke about the future.
Jarvis explained that the national park system had more than 307 million visitors last year alone. That's more than Disneyland, the NFL, the NBA, the MLB, NASCAR, and soccer combined, and the 100th year can only expect that number to be higher.
Jarvis said that he is ended his service with the park system in January, but he said it's time for millennials to step up and takeover.
He hopes millennials can feel the same passion for the natural beauty of this country that his generation spent so long trying to protect.
"Each park has its own sort of unique story history experience, and they are going to resonate differently with different people. The invitation to millennial's to find the one that resonates with you, and then share that experience with your peer network, through social media. Do an Instagram, write poetry write music, dance, whatever, you want you to come and find your park and then share your park with your friends," said Jarvis.
Here in Idaho, we have several national monuments including Minidoka National Historic Site, The Hagerman Fossil Beds, and Craters of the Moon.