The National Park Service celebrates its 98th birthday on Monday, Aug. 25, and begins the countdown to its 100th anniversary in 2016 with an entrance fee-free day at all national parks, a host of exciting events across the country, and the launch of a new Centennial logo.
“Today, we reflect on almost a century of preserving some of the most spectacular and meaningful places for the benefit of all Americans,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As the countdown begins to the National Park Service’s Centennial in 2016, we want to introduce a new generation of park visitors and advocates to their national parks. These national treasures collectively tell the story of our country – who we are and what we value as a society.”
“We are thrilled to commemorate another year of the important work that our partners at the National Park Service do every single day, and we invite everyone to join in on the fun and celebrate with the entire national park community,” said Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “We encourage you to bring your friends and bring your family, and help us inspire even more people to connect with and enjoy their national parks.”
There are many ways to join the celebration, including:
Visit a national park. Sequoia National Park is within minutes of Three Rivers, and Kings Canyon National Park can be done as a day-trip from here. There are 401 national parks throughout the country (at least one in every state) and all of them will be free to enter on August 25. Entrance fees will also be waived on September 27 for National Public Lands Day and November 11 for Veterans Day.
Take part in a special event. From concerts and special tours, to scavenger hunts and birthday cake, parks will be celebrating in different ways across the country, and everyone is invited. There is an online birthday card that can be signed to send best wishes to the NPS: http://www.nationalparks.org/connect/birthday-card/.
Share birthday wishes and your favorite national park moments and memories online using the hashtag #NationalParks. To find even more ideas and events at national parks, visit www.npsbirthday.org.
Also today (Monday, Aug. 25), the National Park will unveil a new Centennial logo, which will help commemorate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016. The logo will be available for partners to license and use on retail products such as clothing, souvenir items, outdoor gear, educational items, and more.
As the Centennial approaches, the National Park Service is teaming up with partners to present engaging programs, events, and activities that will support America’s national parks. The Centennial will also highlight the historic preservation and outdoor recreation work that the National Park Service does in communities across the country every day.