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 people everywhere to embrace the opportunities to explore, learn, be inspired or simply have fun in their 407 national parks, as well as understand how the National Park Service’s community-based recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs positively impact their own communities.

In celebration of the upcoming National Park Service Centennial, the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service kicked off the Find Your Park movement to inspire all people to connect with, enjoy, and support America’s national parks. We invite those who already know and love the parks and also the next generation of visitors, supporters, and advocates to join the movement at and by using #FindYourPark on social media. We are excited for you to be a part of our second century of stewardship!

Centennial News

April 29, 2015

David Rubenstein To Donate $5.37 Million To The National Park Foundation To Restore U.S. Marine Corps ‘Iwo Jima’ Memorial. Read full press release.

March 30, 2015

National Park Service And National Park Foundation Launch #FINDYOURPARK, Encouraging People To Connect With And Celebrate Our National Parks And Public Lands. Read full press release.

August 25, 2014

Today, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation unveiled a new Centennial logo, which will help commemorate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016.  The logo will be available for partners to license and use on retail products such as clothing, souvenir items, outdoor gear, educational items, and more. Read full press release.

*The Centennial Logo is a registered mark of the National Park Service, protected by the trademark laws of the United States.  It is only in use for commercial purposes at this time, which requires a license agreement with the National Park Foundation.

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.

Find out more: a retrospective, the National Park Service’s visual identity.

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 [email protected]

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.