On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100!
The centennial will celebrate the achievements of the past 100 years, but it is really about the future. It’s about kicking off a second century of stewardship for America’s national parks and for communities across the nation. Most importantly, it’s about inviting you to join us. We all have a role to play in ensuring that future generations of Americans will be able to enjoy the thrilling experiences of nature and wildlife, history and culture, and the spirit of adventure that is waiting at every national park.
Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation is founded on a legacy that began more than a century ago, when private citizens from all walks of life took action to establish and protect our national parks. Today, the National Park Foundation carries on that tradition as the only national charitable non-profit whose sole mission is to directly support the National Park Service.
100 years is a very long time. It’s a milestone, it’s an achievement; especially for a country that just celebrated its 240th birthday and whose first national park, Yellowstone National Park, was created 144 years ago.
Celebrate With FREE Admission
Grab your planner, open your calendar app, and mark these dates with a special designation – we hope you’ll join us out in national parks for these holidays and special occasions.
2016 Free Admission Days
- August 25-28: National Park Service Birthday Weekend
- September 24: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
(Headline image: Grand Canyon by PeterCoskun –NPS)