Berkeley’s goals for the Parks Next 100 initiative are aligned with those of The National Park Service centennial. UC Berkeley researchers are providing science and scholarly leadership for park stewardship and our students are involved in a program to mentor 4th graders learning from visits to the parks.
In March 2015 UC Berkeley convened science leaders for a summit to help launch a Second Century of stewardship for parks. This event commemorated the 1915 conference on campus, held by UC Berkeley alumni Stephen Mather and Horace Albright, which helped launch the first century of stewardship for parks and catalysed the creation of the National Park Service. In 2016 the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary. The roots of the National Park Service lie in the parks' majestic natural wonders and places that exemplify the country’s cultural heritage. But the NPS recognizes the great changes that have taken place in America since 1915 and accordingly created goals for the Second Century. These are outlined in the Centennial Call to Action.
The goal of the summit, Science for Parks, Parks for Science, was to envision and contribute to strategies for science for parks and science using parks for the coming decades by building on the historic linkage between the National Park Service and scientists at leading universities and other organizations around the world. This collaboration is crucial to nurture the future health of parks and protected areas worldwide and biodiversity conservation. The summit re-dedicated that partnership in a forward-looking way by examining the mission of the National Park Service and its relevancy today, scientific and management implications of this mission in a changing world, social and cultural dimensions for advancing the mission, and the future of science for parks and parks for science.
Presented in conjunction with the summit, on March 26, 2015, a conversation between U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, President of the University of California Janet Napolitano, and Historian and Author Douglas Brinkley took place as part of the ongoing Horace M. Albright Lecture in Conservation series.