The National Park Service Is Turning 96!

Monday, August 20, 2012NPF news


Washington, D.C. (August 20, 2012) – This week, the National Park Service turns 96, and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, invites the entire nation to the party!  Share your birthday wishes along with your favorite national park stories, photos and videos at  Once there, discover the national parks near you, how the National Park Service is working in your community, and show your support for America’s treasured places by donating your own birthday gift to the national parks.

“Our national parks are touted as ‘America’s Best Idea,’” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation, “The National Park Service is the driving force in protecting that idea.  This week, we have the opportunity to thank them for all that they do to preserve these special places that tell the story of this nation.”

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established the National Park Service to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein…for the enjoyment of future generations.” Now, 96 years later, help celebrate these majestic places and the individuals who keep them safe.  Join the National Park Foundation’s community of support at and be a part of the tradition for the next 100 years. 

For more information about the National Park Foundation and ways to support America’s national parks, go to


You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured memorials, landscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites -- all protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks.  Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks.  We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow.  Join us in supporting your national parks -- this is your land.

Join us – This is Your Land.