TUPELO, MS: To celebrate the 97th anniversary of the National Park Service, the Natchez Trace Parkway will offer an interactive photography program at the Chickasaw Village Site (milepost 261.8 near Tupelo, Mississippi) on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. This one-hour program is open to all ages and all ability levels; beginner photographers are welcome. Bring your digital camera and join a ranger to learn the basics of landscape photography and practice these skills. For those without cameras, some one-time-use cameras may be available. Visitors are encouraged to wear sunscreen, a hat, comfortable walking shoes, and bring insect repellent.
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law legislation creating the National Park Service. The National Park Service was directed “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
A photography exhibit featuring images of national parks from across the country is on display through the month of August at the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center (milepost 266, near Tupelo, Mississippi). The exhibit features photos from visitors, staff, and junior rangers.