— Robert and Linda Share Your StoryWhen the wife and I entered the Chimney Rock visitors center, the greeting was; "The charge for touring the... read more
Happy Birthday National Park Service!
Each year on August 25, the National Park Service celebrates its birthday and EVERYONE is invited to join the party! Americans can be proud that the United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most significant places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by all.
Join us as we draw closer to the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016! Let's celebrate these majestic places and the individuals who keep them safe today and those who will continue that tradition for the next hundred years.
WHAT IS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE?
Established in 1916, the National Park Service was created to care for all of the national parks throughout the country. Each park represents an important part of our collective identity. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn.
The extraordinary mission of the National Park Service extends even further than the parks, however. The work of NPS reaches into communities across the country where they work with partners to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities that revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life.
Visit a National Park
Founders Day is the perfect opportunity not only to take an active role in preserving these special places, but to explore and enjoy them. Hundreds of NPS Birthday celebrations take place nationwide, click here to discover the fun happening in your area!