Photographer to present ‘The National Park Service at 102: Views from the West’ at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

On Aug. 25, the Friends of Fort Vancouver and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site invite visitors to celebrate the 102nd birthday of the National Park Service with a special presentation given by nature photographer and former national park ranger Marv Binegar.

“Nature photography has been a passion and an avocation of mine for over forty years,” Binegar said.

He has photographed North America from the shores of the Arctic Ocean to the deserts of the Southwest, and from the Pacific Ocean to the Missouri River. His images appear in magazines, books and on the pages of calendars. This is an opportunity to meet the photographer and hear his stories about photographing bear cubs, bison on the run, and a moose staring down the camera lens.

Binegar began working for the National Park Service in the summer of 1966 just as the Park Service was celebrating 50 years.

His primary career was as a middle school teacher and, later, he was a middle school principal. But he worked as an National Park Service summer seasonal ranger several times during his teaching career. After he retired from education services, he became a full-time employee at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site from 2005 until 2012.

Between travels and photo shoots, Binegar lives in Oregon City, Ore., and serves as an active volunteer for Meals On Wheels. He is a frequent visitor to the McLoughlin House Unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, located in Oregon City.

What: “The National Park Service at 102: Views from the West,” presented by photographer Marv Binegar.

When: Saturday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m.

Where: The Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 East Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver.

Cost: Free

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