The Origin of the National Park Service Idea: 1860s and 1870s

The Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands

Updated National Capital Area- NPS Region 1 , Service Wide Skills


Do you have 10 minutes? Step through this quick micro learning course and learn about The Origin of the National Park Service Idea from the Yosemite Grant (a precursor to the National Park Service) to the history of Yellowstone – America’s first national park.

What you’ll find

  • A short video describing the history and founding of the National Park Service
  • Interactive features and a reflection question to enhance the learner’s understanding of the Yosemite Grant
  • Interactive features, a quick quiz to check understanding, and reflection questions to improve your retention of information about Yellowstone National Park
  • A downloadable badge upon completion of this micro learning course


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