The popularity of national parks remains strong, especially here in Washington where, last year, more than eight million people visited one of the state’s 14 national parks. On the centenary of the National Parks Service, Terry Tempest (The Hour of Land, When Women Were Birds) offers a literary and pictorial celebration of these natural assets. Drawing from portrayals of 12 parks dotted across the country, Tempest will delve into the park system’s history, how it has evolved and the challenges it faces moving forward. She’ll share stories of the president devoted to its expansion, the oil spills that have marred it, the Sagebrush Rebellion that used it at as a backdrop, and the creatures who call it home. In a presentation that is part memoir, part manifesto, Tempest will also share why she believes these lands are fundamentally essential to maintaining the heart and soul of America.