Oldest Active National Park Service Ranger Betty Reid Soskin Celebrates 100th Birthday

by Madison Miller

One national park ranger has dedicated her life to helping keep some of the most beautiful areas in the country in pristine condition. She’s also been a major role model and educational figure for thousands of people everywhere.

Now she’s celebrating 100 years on this Earth. The National Park Service wrote a heartfelt message to celebrate one of their most beloved park rangers.

Happy Birthday Betty Reid Soskin

“Betty Reid Soskin, who turns 100 today, is the oldest active ranger in the National Park Service. Over the past decade and a half, Ranger Betty has shared her experiences as well as the efforts and sacrifices of women from diverse backgrounds living and working on the World War II home front @rosietheriveternps. To mark this occasion, share your birthday messages or experiences listening to one of Betty’s talks in the comments. ⁣”

Instagram users were quick to wish her a very happy birthday. The U.S. Forest Service, the Girl Scouts page, and the National Park Service’s Center for Preservation Technology and Training are just a few to wish her well on this important day.

Many people in the comments are comparing her to former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The two do share a bit of a resemblance and both have had a huge impact on groups of people in America. One person wrote, “Happy Birthday…. low key thought that was RBG as a Park Ranger.”

Betty Reid Soskin has become synonymous with the Rosie the Riveter / World War II Home Front National Historic Park located in Richmond, California. It exhibits the wartime mobilization that happened at the time, as well as the many social changes that came as a result of WWII.

People flock to the historic park in order to climb the Victory ship and to learn more about the classic Rosie the Riveter.

More Information on Soskin’s Life

Many people have also gone to the park just to listen to Soskin talk. Over the past decade or so, she has become a National Park Service celebrity. She draws in some pretty massive crowds. The great-grandmother has all the knowledge and wisdom that anyone could ever ask for.

She’s also gotten a lot of media attention over the years. This includes getting interviewed by Anderson Cooper and an invite to the White House during President Obama’s time in office. She continues her work in educating people and representing the National Park Service. She has ranger talks via videoconference now instead. This happened after she had a stroke in 2019. She also was the voice of The North Face commercial in July.

Betty became a ranger in the 80s and has since shared her perspective on life. She has said in the past that she has a love-hate relationship with Rose the Riveter. The iconic figure seems to only tell the white women’s story.

“When I became a ranger, I was taking back my own history,” she said in a talk, according to The New York Times. She helps tell the stories and efforts of all kinds of women who went into “male jobs,” such as the Mexican American braceros and the Japanese American flower growers, amongst many others.