Spread across the United States are 58 National Parks and on August 25, 2016 the National Park System turns 100 years old.
The beauty found in America’s parks have inspired people of all ages to portray them through poetry.
GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
4th Graders, Ruder Elementary School, Columbia Falls, MT, Spring 2007
Gliding, pacing, leaping
Hunting for survival
Moving, melting, changing
Slipping down the slope
Author: Cody A.
7th Graders, Helena Flats School, Kalispell, MT, Winter/Spring 2007
Glacier Park Winters
Pale powdered mountains in the distant view,
Snow quietly tumbles down the jagged slopes.
The eagle slowly flys over head cutting through icy winds with every
beat of his powerful wings.
Not a sound to be heard, but the moans and
twisting screams of dead
Frosted over evergreens viciously shake off the newly fallen snow.
Footprints in the snow, so many, no one around to fill them.
Hypnotizing, icy streams whirling around and around waiting to
grasp your ankle to pull you into its world of wonders.
Tiny snowflakes under my feet making faint cries as they are being
The wind whispers its soft melody in my ears as it whistles on by.
This is nothing more, but nature during winter in Glacier Park.
VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK
Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
Bright blue is the sky
Soft white are the clouds
Red intense, is the sunset
Passions sleep in Kabetogama’s heart
Water, Air, Fire, and Land
I come back to life
In the majesty of Kabetogama’s paradise
That makes me feel close to the sky
The green trees
The senses of life
Flying over the sky
Quiet and alone
Sitting over the rock
Softly the waters float
In the sky
Peaceful moments in my eyes
The sound of the lake
Swinging at night
Makes me sigh
And feel alive
And the constellations in the sky
The moon, the lake and the stars
How wonderful is life!
Free as the eagle
I hope one day to fly
Hiking through the path
Serenity and peace surround
I found faith and light
To my spirit lost in the dark
Silent green forest
In persistent calm, the lake sings
That Kabetogama land created in my heart
Written by Frankie Alvarez
2012 National Park Teen Ambassador