In 1916, the National Park Service was founded, creating what has become, 100years later, a stunning assemblage of some of the most breathtaking and essential landscapes in the world. Mountainfilm has always had a deep interest in wild lands, and this centennial celebration of our national parks offers an opportunity for the Moving Mountains Symposium to examine the past, present and future of this remarkable system. Our parks are home to graceful arches of sandstone and otherworldly badlands, of alligator-infested mangrove forests and bison-studded plains. Immense river canyons where time stretches beyond imagination, massive caves draped with stalactites, historic battle sites, the country’s hottest deserts and the tallest mountain in North America. While it would be easy to focus the conversation on postcard images and self-congratulatory tales of idyllic places saved, there are many thorny issues that face the parks. As a result, we’ll also explore use conflicts, wildlife threats, minority engagement, the future of conservation and our stewardship role heading into the next 100 years. And in the second half of the symposium, we’ll take a deeper look at the world’s first national park, Yellowstone. We’ve gathered a slate of experts, photographers, storytellers and individuals who have formed unbreakable connections to our parks. Cheryl Strayed, the award winning author of Wild and a previous Mountainfilm guest, will lead the program as emcee. We hope this symposium will spark meaningful, game-changing dialogue and action to ensure that America’s iconic wildscapes remain intact and thriving for another century.