The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. One hundred years ago President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, and Yellowstone became America’s first National Park. It was the beginning of a worldwide national park movement.
Find Your Park
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration! The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. We invite you to find your park and discover the national parks and programs in your own backyard!
— National Park Service
National Park Week
You can get a jump start on the National Park Centennial celebrations by participating in National Park Week April 16-24. During this time, you may visit any national park for free!
National Parks Are Endangered
When we visit a national park, we are often overwhelmed by astounding beauty. It may difficult to put in words, but we intuitively know that Nature’s glory must be conserved for all people, including future generations. Yet our national treasures are endangered by many factors: adjacent commercial development, climate change, and restricted funding for monument preservation and wildlife management.
There are ways to help. Consider donating to the National Parks Service. You can also support petitions. Go to the Wilderness Society’s Take Action page or the Care2 Petitions National Parks and Forests Petitions page to be an online advocate for Nature.
National Parks Worldwide
Shortly after Yellowstone National Park was initiated, Australia created the Royal National Park and Canada founded Banff National Park. Check out the National Parks Worldwide website for information about national parks in other countries. Below is a gorgeous video featuring Kruger National Park in South Africa. Enjoy – national natural treasures belong to citizens of the world.