Founders' Day

Happy Birthday National Park Service!
Celebrate on August 25

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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 treasured places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by all.

Birthday CardJoin us as we approach the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016! Let's celebrate these majestic natural, historical, and cultural places, and show our appreciation to the individuals who keep them safe today and who will continue to do so into the future.

Let the National Park Service know you’re thinking of them by signing the birthday card, and show your support by giving a gift to the National Park Foundation in honor of the National Park Service’s birthday!


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 to take an active role in preserving these special places and to explore and enjoy them. Hundreds of NPS birthday celebrations take place nationwide, click here to discover the fun happening in your area!

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