It's the 100th anniversary of the founding the the system by President Wilson in 1916. President Obama marked the occasion this week with the creation of a new national monument in Maine's North Woods.
When people talk about national parks, they usually talk about Yellowstone, or Yosemite or the Grand Canyon. Today, we're going to point out the national parks right here in Massachusetts and New England.
Even Rep. Michael Capuano admitted he didn't know about all our parks this morning at a celebration of the National Parks System. "I, for one, never knew we had islands in Boston Harbor," he said. "I think I was in my 30s before I went to any place I thought was a national park. That's why I personally think it's so critically important to have national parks in urban areas."
We talk about all our favorites from the Harbor Islands, to Lowell National Historical Park, to the Boston African American National Historic Site.
This segment aired on August 25, 2016.