The U.S. National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016. In honor of its centennial, we will be sharing 100 facts, from the basic to the bizarre, to inspire you to join in the celebration at one of the many beautiful national parks across the country.
If you’re planning a trip to a national park soon, the following 14 facts center around the people at the parks, from workers to volunteers. Learn about who they are and what they’ve accomplished — and survived.
1) Shenandoah park ranger Roy Sullivan lived through seven documented lightning strikes and self-purportedly 22 confrontations with bears during his 40-year career.
2) In summer of 2010 park ranger Doug Follett reached half a century of service as a seasonal interpretive ranger at Glacier National Park, the record for the longest-serving ranger in the Montana park and one of the longest serving employees in the history of NPS. He will return again to the park in 2016 for his 56th season.
3) Still working hard at age 94, Betty Reid Soskin works as a park ranger at California’s Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park. As of April 2016, she’s the oldest park ranger and still finds time to blog.