This anniversary marks 100 years since President Woodrow Wilson created the unified National Park Service on August 25, 1916. His hopes were to preserve “the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.” National Parks did exist before this – the first of which was the Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872. However, Wilson’s act was the first move to creating the unified web of parks we know and love today.
The United States National Park Service celebrated its 100th birthday on August 25. However, if you’re not lucky enough to pay these places a visit in person, the National Park Service has hooked up with Google Arts & Culture to create 360-degree interactive video tours of five of the US National Parks hosted through YouTube.
Below is Google’s trailer for the project.
Simply by scrolling around the scenes and clicking on the interactive thumbnails, you’re able to look around the sights (and hear the sounds) of these landscapes, while learning about their history and wildlife through a “guided tour” narration by an expert local ranger.
H/T to iflscience