Finding Yourself

Visiting National Parks and local heritage sites are a part of American culture. Both the adventures and related experiences along the way allow individuals to grow and learn. Whether you’re rock climbing on the backside of Mt. Rushmore, looking over vast expanses of the natural world at Arches National Park, or a second grader at the Living History Farms, the experiences are personal; they contribute to our individual growth, and help they help forge the person we will become. Connecting with the places we see and the people we go with also help to produce this personal growth. Our identity is often found within ourselves, but is shaped and expressed when we explore and experience the world in National Sites.



Black Hills National Forest near Mount Rushmore National Memorial, 2004, Tom Purcell

Adventure in the Black Hills

Stories from visitors that discovered more about who they are through their experiences in and around national parks can be found here.