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NATIONAL PARKS Magazine
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In the summer of 1920, Robert Sterling Yard published The Nation's Parks, a richly illustrated 16-page booklet. It was, as Yard wrote, "issued by an association of citizens which seeks the finest possible upbuilding of a system destined to become one of our most valuable economic assets, and to promote the widest possible uses of the parks by all the people."

During the course of the next two decades, Yard irregularly published the National Parks Bulletin. A selection of the Bulletins can be viewed at: Nos. 3-15 (1919-1921) and Nos. 22-35 (1921-1923)

Yard's successor was Devereux Butcher — a writer, photographer and conservationist. In 1942, Butcher began publishing the National Parks Magazine on a quarterly basis, becoming a monthly publication in January 1959.

Starting with the April 1970 issue the name was changed to National Parks & Conservation Magazine: The Environmental Journal, in part to reflect the organization's subsequent name change from the National Parks Association to the National Parks and Conservation Association (in the summer of that year). Starting with the January 1981 issue, the magazine was renamed once again simply as National Parks, becoming a bi-monthly publication in July 1981 and quarterly starting in 2004.

Over the years, the aim of National Parks has always been the same — to educate and inspire park supporters.

Here's a list of editors who have created the National Parks magazine.

Editor(s)First IssueLast Issue
Devereux ButcherJuly-September 1942July-September 1957
Bruce M. KilgoreOctober-December 1957June 1960
Paul M. TildenAugust 1960June 1969
James G. DeaneJuly 1969July 1969
Eugenia Horstman ConnallyAugust 1969November-December 1983
Marjorie Corbett/Michele StrutinJanuary-February 1984November-December 1984
Michele StrutinJanuary-February 1985September-October 1990
Sue E. DodgeNovember-December 1990September-October 1996
Leslie HappNovember-December 1996September-October 1997
Linda M. RancourtNovember-December 1997Fall 2006
Scott KirkwoodWinter 2007Summer 2015
Rona MarechFall 2015———

Below is an incomplete selection of back issues (available digital issues are denoted by a green bar below the magazine cover; to view, simply click on the magazine cover). An index of the Table of Contents for each issue can also be viewed by clicking on the Table of Contents listing (above each decade), as well as on the year (at left). Our operating agreement is to host all back issues excepting the most current issue (which is available on NPCA's Website).


BACK ISSUES
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 CONTENTS 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s

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July-September
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May
Vol 33 No 140
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February
Vol 35 No 161
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June
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September
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December
Vol 35 No 171
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Vol 36 No 183
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January
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December
Vol 51 No 12
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January
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April
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August
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November
Vol 52 No 11
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January
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November
Vol 53 No 11
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December
Vol 53 No 12

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October
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June
Vol 55 No 6
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September-October
Vol 55 No 9-10
1982
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Date: 16-Dec-2021