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The Mather Homestead teen board introduces its first Essay Contest for middle school students.  


The Mather Homestead at 19 Stephen Mather Road was the home of Stephen Tyng Mather (1867 to 1930), a self-made millionaire and conservationist, who was dedicated to preserving and protecting America’s natural wonders and making them accessible to everyone as the first Director of the National Park Service. Bronze plaques across the country recognize his important contributions with the words below.  

Stephen Mather Inspecting the Trails of Glacier National Park
Stephen Mather Plaque Inscription

Essay question:

  • Why are the National Parks good for people?  



  • Open to students in grades 6 through 8

  • No more than 500 words

  • 1 winner per grade to be chosen.


Essays will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Your essay demonstrates an appreciation for the National Parks.

  • Your essay is well written with proper punctuation and grammar.



  • Please let us know via the form right that you plan on submitting an essay

  • Submit by December 5th to

  • Winners will be announced on December 16th



  • Book by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns:  The National Parks:  America's Greatest Idea

  • National parks game!


Mather Homestead teen board:

Katie Barr, Consuelo Bowman, Todd Cannaliato, Sophye Davey, Caroline DiBiaso, Andrew Ferguson, Peter Ferguson, Daley Keogh, Sydney Kettell, Claire Maruszewski, Ali Meyer, Matthew Riley, Sofia Schimmeck, Lily Stricker, Sarah Williams

The National Parks: Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns
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