National Park Service Centennial

Celebrating 100 Years Of Service

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100!

The Centennial will celebrate the achievements of the past 100 years, but it is really about the future. It’s about kicking off a second century of stewardship for America’s national parks and for communities across the nation.  Most importantly, it’s about inviting you to join us.

The National Park Service and National Park Foundation are working closely with partners and stakeholders across the country to ensure that the Centennial is more than a birthday. We want every American to embrace the opportunities to explore, learn, be inspired or to simply have fun in their 401 national parks, as well as understand how we bring our work, and the national park experience, to them through our community-based recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.

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Centennial News

March 24, 2014

The National Park Service today announced that the centerpiece of its 2016 Centennial will be a broad public engagement campaign to reintroduce the national parks and the work of the National Park Service to a new generation of Americans, inviting them to visit and get involved. The two-year effort will begin in 2015 and run throughout the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary year in 2016. Plans for the campaign, entitled “Find Your Park,” are underway in collaboration with the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. Read full press release.

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Working with Our Partners

The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are teaming up with partners across the country on programs, events, and activities to increase awareness, deepen engagement, and invite support for America’s national parks and the work of the National Park Service and its partners. 

The National Park Service Centennial Advisory Committee has been established as a forum to offer guidance and recommendations on Centennial plans. The committee includes representatives of park Friend’s Groups, conservation and preservation groups, park concessioners, cooperating associations, educators, and others committed to the National Park Service mission.  

Get Involved

There are so many ways to get involved and enjoy America’s 401 national parks and even more ways to support these special places and their programs.

  • Find a park to visit.
  • Learn how NPS can help your community.
  • Volunteer and give back in our national parks.
  • Join the national park community.
  • Support the National Park Foundation and local park Friends Groups.

Contact Us

Have questions or ideas about the upcoming National Park Service Centennial? Please email us at NPS_Centennial@nps.gov

Learn More

Read about the leaders who brought the National Park Service to life. 

Find out how the National Park Foundation helps protect our national parks, connect all Americans to them, and inspire the next generation of park stewards.