The first state park was created in 1918; consequently the state park educational program is of recent development. Although the educational program and the development of a park system by the state is relatively new, the idea of state-owned lands for recreational purposes is almost as old as our statehood. T. S. Parvin, registrar of lands back in the fifties, advocated in one of his reports that the state should buy a large tract of land in Des Moines to preserve the statehouse ground, for in time the state would need it for recreational purposes. It is evident now that Parvin was at least a half century ahead of his time, because the act providing for the establishment of state parks was passed by the Thirty-seventh General Assembly in 1917.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
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Melhus, I. E.; Fults, J. L.; and White, Elizabeth A.
"The Developement of an Educational Program in Iowa State Parks,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 48(1), 139-173.
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