National Park Service Centennial

The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016! Take part in the year long celebration by participating in community engagement through recreation, conservation, and historic site preservation.

Celebrating 100 Years Of Service

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

The centennial celebrates 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. We all have a role to play in ensuring that future generations of Americans will be able to enjoy the thrilling experiences of nature and wildlife, history and culture, and the spirit of adventure that is waiting at every national park.

Ways to Celebrate

Join the national park community
Join the national park community and get access to park guides, travel tips, news, and more! Together we can celebrate our national parks and begin looking forward to the next 100 years of the National Park Service. Join Us »


Support the National Park Foundation
Support the National Park Foundation and local park Friends Groups to ensure that the legacy of our national parks continues into the next century. The parks cannot thrive without your support and now is the time for all of us to come together in our efforts. Donate to NPF »


Enjoy free admission
Did you know you can visit these wonderful parks for free on National Public Lands Day? Enjoy free admission to all national parks on September 24 and find your park during the centennial year. Learn more »

Other Ways to Get Involved

There are so many ways to get involved and enjoy America’s over 400 national parks and even more ways to support these special places and their programs.

  • Find a park to visit and explore.
  • Learn about events at a park near you.
  • Celebrate the centennial in style with official centennial and Find Your Park gear.
  • Volunteer and give back in our national parks.
  • Collect National Park Service commemorative coins, available through the United States Mint.

Centennial News

  • August 10, 2016 – National Park Service Illuminates 100 Years From Brooklyn Bridge Park With One World Trade Center, Bill Nye, Questlove, And Secretary Jewell For The #FindYourPark Movement. Read full press release.
  • March 16, 2016 – House Natural Resources Committee PassesNational Park Service Centennial Act. Read full press release.
  • April 14, 2016 – Experience Sounds of National Parks In New Happy Birthday PSA From @NatlParkService & @GoParks. Read full press release.
  • Febuary 17, 2016[email protected] & @GoParks Announce 5 Grand Prize Winners For The Centennial Project Contest. Read full press release.
  • February 15, 2016 – David Rubenstein Donates $18.5 Million to the National Park Foundation to Restore the Lincoln Memorial. Read full press release.
  • November 19, 2015 – National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Designs Unveiled. Read full press release.

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. 

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.

Contact Us

Have questions about the National Park Service Centennial? Please email us at [email protected]

Support the National Park Foundation
Your support is a vital part of our mission. Protecting our parks is something we can all do.