99 Ways To #FindYourPark

August 19, 2015Hollis BoweNPF Blog

On August 25, the National Park Service turns 99 years old. And everyone is getting a present: free admission!

But the excitement doesn’t stop there.

 Man hugging wide tree trunk, text reads \"99 Ways to #FindYourPark\"

In celebration of being one year away from the big 100, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation created a fun list of 99 Ways to Find Your Park.

This list helps people everywhere discover all that a park can be and the variety of experiences that can be had in a park, highlighting the essence of the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement launched earlier this year.

Showing off the breadth and depth of the National Park System, the list of 99 ideas for enjoying your national parks includes a wide range of activities, including:

10. Find Inspiration in the Story of a Civil Rights Leader

Carter G. Woodson in office

 

14. Earn a Jr. Ranger badge

Weir Farm, Ranger Kristin Lessard with a junior ranger

32. Celebrate Native American Heritage

Sculpture at Little Bighorn National Monument

34. Take a picnic and dine al fresco

Graphic art of blueberry pie with bear shape.

36. Hit the road

4 Ultimate National Park Road Trips Infographic

70. Recognize Women Who Made History

Mary McLeod Bethune and fellow activists

79. See the starry, starry night

Mount Rainier under starry night sky

80. Make a Splash

Stand-up paddle boarders in ocean

84. Spread the Love: Thank a Park Volunteer

Volunteers building boardwalk on Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Wisconsin

Take a look at the entire list of 99 ideas and be a part of the birthday fun! Check off what you’ve already done, share your experiences with friends and family using #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque on social media, and try something new!

And, for some fun inspiration on how you can mark a few of the items off the list, take a look at this fun video from our friends at Cape Krusenstern National Monument in Alaska. You’ll love it.

Photo credits: Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and Dr. Carter G. Woodson by Scurlock Studio Records Archives Center; Junior Ranger Aida Frey at Weir Farm; Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument by Katherine McEnaney; Pie graphic by Michael Liang; Night Skies at Mount Rainier National Park by Stephen Byrne; Paddling at Point Reyes National Seashore Paddling by Paul Powers; Volunteerism by Stefanie Mathew.

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