Happy Birthday, National Park Service!

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016!

A century ago, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act that created the National Park Service (NPS), "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."

Today, the United States is home to 412 national park units – and you can visit any one of them for free from August 25-28. #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque to celebrate the NPS Centennial by participating in one of the hundreds of events taking place across the country. Here are just a few happenings:

  • August 25: National Park Service and US Citizenship and Immigration Services will hold naturalization ceremonies in seven national parks: Biscayne National Park, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trial, Grand Canyon National Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and Women's Rights National Historical Park.
  • August 25: Park and tribal partners will celebrate the opening of a traditional building, Huna Tribal House, with a festival at Glacier Bay National Park.
  • August 27-28: The North Carolina State Park System is also turning 100. Mount Mitchell State Park, the state's inaugural park, was founded on August 26, 1916. Blue Ridge Parkway and Mount Mitchell State Park will host a joint centennial celebration.
  • August 28-September 4: Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts from the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park community will speak at the park with an astronaut onboard the International Space Station.

Want to continue the celebration? Volunteer on National Public Lands Day (NPLD), September 24, 2016. NPLD is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands, and a fee-free day for all federal public lands and many state parks. Find an NPLD event near you!