We share the inspiration to visit all 423 National Park Service units, a centennial project to say thank you to park personnel, and how the adventure became a book. Memorable recollections from the parks illustrate systemwide themes and observations.
Presenter Bio: David Kroese left a 25-year career in the corporate world to pursue his personal interests, becoming one of about fifty people known to have visited all 400+ National Park Service units in December 2017. Over the past decade, David has spent thousands of hours exploring our park system, logging over 1,500 NPS site visits in that time. David wrote of his experiences in the first published narrative through all the NPS sites, The Centennial: A Journey through America’s National Park System. David shares his enthusiasm for our park system in speaking engagements across the country and is currently working on his next book, Hidden Gems of America’s National Park System.