Yellowstone National Park

Celebrate Our National Parks

Yellowstone became the first national park for all to enjoy the unique hydrothermal and geologic features on March 1, 1872. March 1, 2022, marked the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park. Ironically, the men who sought to exploit its natural resources became the land’s biggest defenders. Within Yellowstone’s 2.2 million acres, visitors have unparalleled opportunities to observe wildlife in an intact ecosystem, explore geothermal areas that contain about half the world’s active geysers, and view geologic wonders like the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

Yellowstone Plateau Volcanic Field

Yellowstone’s unique, varied landscapes range from grass plains to its famous hydrothermal vents. It contains over 10,000 hydrothermal features, including geysers, hot springs, mud pots, fumaroles, and steam vents. It took three volcanic cycles that span two-million years to form the volcanic Yellowstone Plateau. Two of the eruptions are considered some of the world’s largest volcanic events. Yellowstone’s youngest eruptions have been lava flows that remain confined to the caldera of present-day Yellowstone National Park. The 77,000-year-old Pitchstone Plateau flow is the volcano’s most recent lava. -USGS U.S. Department of the Interior

Borrow Some Gear

Your library has expanded its collections! Pack these items for your expedition.

GoPro HERO8 Camera

Library Of Things

Capture your adventure with the GoPro HERO8 camera.
Place a hold.

Birdwatching Kit

Library Of Things

Spot, observe and identify all the feathered wonders of the woods with the Library Of Things birdwatching kit.

Place a hold.

Playaways, FM Transmitters

Listen on the go

Try out Playaways, an all-in-one, pre-loaded audiobook.  They easy-to-use in the car, with headphones and speakers. FM transmitters are also available to use with Playaways.

View Playaways

FM Transmitter

We Recommend:

Explore Yellowstone and America’s National Parks.

Yellowstone, Season 1

DVD Series

John Dutton tries to protect his ranch, the largest in the United States, from land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park.
Place a hold.

A Weird and Wild Beauty: The Story of Yellowstone, the World’s First National Park

Erin Peabody

Best for readers ages 12+. In the summer of 1871, a team of thirty-two men set out to survey Yellowstone for commercial development. This one-of-a-kind wilderness deeply moved these men to change their position to protect this natural treasure as “a great national park for the benefit and enjoyment of people.” Place a hold.

Yellowstone Country: The Enduring Wonder

Seymour L. Fishbein 

This stunning book features detailed maps and full-color photos. It’s a great book for trip planning, gift-giving, and armchair travel. Place a hold.

More To Explore With Hoopla!

Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service that allows you to borrow ebooks, audiobooks, movies, music, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later.

Only available to PCL Home Library Patrons (Parkland School District and Northwestern residents only).

Celebrate the First National Park by checking out your local parks.

Is Yellowstone too far? Explore closer to home! Check out these amazing treasures.

Parks of Pennsylvania Road Trips:


Elk Scenic Drive: Want to see an icon of Yellowstone? See the great elk herd of Pa.

Emmaus Fish Hatchery

Little Lehigh: Lehigh Valley has incredible trout streams to fly fish.

Best Views

Cherry Springs State Park: Dark Skies, visit for a chance to see the Northern Lights.

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area: The grandeur of waterfalls right in your backyard!

Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon

Event Calendars

For the most up-to-date events calendar, please view the online calendar here. Get more out of your library by attending programs and events! Our monthly event calendars are available to download below. Libraries have evolved over the years, and PCL is no exception. With our 2021 renovation, we have enlarged our indoor spaces and have…

Continue Reading Event Calendars

Ready, Set, Library!

What’s Happening at Your Library: April 2024 Cheers for Fifty Years! On Saturday, April 13th, 2024, the Parkland Community Library (PCL) is celebrating its 50th anniversary during National Library Week! Join us for a day of music, food trucks, balloons, and more. Read more here: Cheers to 50 Years Celebration. Theme The theme for National Library…

Continue Reading Ready, Set, Library!

Autism Acceptance Matters

Although commonly diagnosed as young as two years old, autism can be diagnosed at any age. Table of Contents Booklist What is Autism? The Spectrum Testing for Autism National Resources State Resources PCL Resources Books Suggestions Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that affects individuals of all ages. Approximately 1 in every 44…

Continue Reading Autism Acceptance Matters