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Celebrate Our Centennial

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Throughout 2016, North Carolina’s state parks system celebrated its centennial. One of the nation’s first state parks was created over 100 years ago at the summit of Mount Mitchell, and since then, the system has grown to nearly a quarter-million acres set aside for conservation, recreation and education. The occasion offered North Carolinians an opportunity to celebrate this achievement and to rededicate themselves to the stewardship of this stunning landscape. Every state park held a special event to mark the centennial. Rediscover North Carolina’s state parks as places to learn about our environment, to relax with family and reconnect with nature.


Watch "Here in This Place," a celebration of North Carolina State Parks' scenery, activities, and natural wonder - filmed and produced by parks staff.

A team of 28 videographers, including rangers, a retired ranger, education specialists, office personnel and temporary AmeriCorps workers, was trained to contribute to the year-long project. The result was this video and the creation of a stunning video library of state park landscapes at their best. The video's soundtrack is provided by composer, musician and WRAL-TV news anchor Bill Leslie and Joe Newberry of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, a nationally known composer of traditional-style music. Editing was completed by Greg Snyder, Digital Media Group director for the museum. The project was produced under the guidance of Dave Cook, the parks system's north district superintendent.