Join Alaska National Park Service leadership at an open house in Anchorage at the Lidia Selkregg Chalet, 1600 Lidia Selkregg Lane, Russian Jack Springs Park Oct. 17 from 6-8 p.m. to discuss the approaching 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, how the Service can prepare for a new century of stewardship and engagement, and current operations and issues in Alaska’s national parks.

The National Park Service will mark its 100th anniversary in 2016, and is embarking on a series of actions to transform its work around the country. NPS Alaska Deputy Regional Director Joel Hard will host this public conversation about how the Service should work to accomplish the major themes of the centennial. Nationwide centennial themes include how to better connect people to parks, how to advance the NPS education mission, and how to better preserve America's special places.

“We’re interested in how the Park Service might change to better serve the public as we move toward our second century,” Hard said. “We’re open to hearing all sorts of suggestions, but we know from other discussions that topics such as climate change, access to parks, predator control, subsistence, a lack of diversity among our employees and visitors, and using technology to a greater advantage are important to Alaskans.”

The NPS will hold an open house in Juneau this winter. Listening sessions were held in Fairbanks, the Great Alaska Sportsman Show in Anchorage, and Palmer this spring.

A copy of the national “Call to Action, Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement” is available at Written comments on the plan or NPS-Alaska implementation can be sent to: or by mail to NPS Regional Director, 240 W. 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501.