August Marks the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service


The National Park Service turns 100 this month, celebrating a century of incredible landscapes and epic adventures. That’s right, on August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the National Park Service “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for future generations.”

The National Park Service invites visitors of all ages to join in the celebration of its 100th birthday throughout the month of August.  With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28, the NPS is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark for the centennial.

Want to get involved in the festivities? Visit to see cool park photos and videos, take outdoors-inspired quizzes, learn about NPS locations near you and download free guides to dozens of national parks.

Here are some of the highlights around the country during the National Park Service’s Centennial in August:

  • The National Park Service and tribal partners will celebrate the grand opening of the Huna Tribal House at Glacier Bay National Park.
  • “Music in the American Wild” concerts will bring special compositions to several western parks, funded in part through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts “Imagine Your Parks” program for the NPS Centennial.
  • In a unique partnership with NASA, a group of fourth-grade students at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park will speak with an astronaut live from the International Space Station.
    • Yellowstone National Park will rededicate the Roosevelt Arch with musical performances and a special ceremonial event.
      A sampling of additional events is available on the National Park Service website, and hundreds more can be found at and

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