The National Park Service celebrates their 103rd birthday this month! We're sharing great ways to celebrate, like visiting a national park to hike a beautiful trail, camping in the beautiful scenery, or road tripping to multiple national parks.

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Happy Birthday, National Park Service

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We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the 103rd birthday of the National Park Service than by visiting a park – for free! August 25 marks the day President Woodrow Wilson created the National Park Service. To commemorate this day, all 400 national parks will open their gates to visitors free of charge. Escape the daily grind and take advantage of fee-free days to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque!

Hardship, Perseverance, and Healing at Freedom’s Fortress

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This month, the National Park Service will honor the 400th year anniversary of the landing of enslaved Africans to North America at what is now Fort Monroe National Monument. Learn more about its cultural and historical significance to our collective history as Americans and how you can get involved in the nationwide commemoration on our website.

Protecting Our Most Patriotic Places

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Thanks to the generous support of donors, the National Park Foundation has invested in some of our country’s most iconic landmarks. Visit the blog to learn about exciting projects that will help ensure the legacy and contributions of our founding figures can be appreciated by future generations.

Explore Our Parks, Capture Your Memories, Share the Experience

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Did you get the chance to explore some of our beautiful national parks this summer? Are you are drawn to photographing wildlife, stunning views or adventures with your friends and family? Enter your photos in the Share the Experience Photo Contest, an annual competition for amateur photographers, hosted by the National Park Foundation in partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton and, for your chance to win some great prizes. To learn more about the contest and submit your favorite photos, visit The 2019 contest runs through December 31, so get to snapping and enter today. And don’t forget, some of our most exciting sites are in, or just a stone's throw from, America's biggest cities – perfect for our new urban playgrounds category!

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Serving Our National Parks

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National parks give us so much, it only makes sense we should give back! Volunteering strengthens and enhances national park communities and improves the visitor experience. We love when our partners help us share this message too, and we are excited that Apple is encouraging volunteerism at national parks with their employees across the country.

Taking their commitment a step further, from now through August 25, Apple is donating $10 to the National Park Foundation for every purchase made with Apple Pay at any Apple Store, on or through the Apple Store app in the U.S.*. These donations will support connecting youth of all ages with national park experiences. Learn more about Apple’s support and how you can volunteer at a park near you in on our blog.

Last Call! Wonder + Wander Photo Challenge

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September 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET is your last chance to enter the Wonder + Wander Photo Challenge. Throughout the summer, we’re celebrating the iconic images and family treasures that capture the joys of visiting a park. Submit your photos for your chance to be one of the lucky winners of an annual national parks pass, courtesy of Union Pacific Railroad.

Remarkable Hikes Across the U.S.

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Did you know there are more than 18,000 miles of national park trails throughout the United States? Each mile exists for hikers to explore nature, culture, and history firsthand, and some trails may even be closer than you think. Let these gems give new meaning to the phrase, “Take a hike!” and discover where you can #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque near you in this great guide from L.L. Bean.

7 Parks That Will Reconnect You with the Magic of Camping

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Sometimes, it seems like there isn’t enough time to fully relax and recharge in a park. When nature beckons, answer the call by staying the night (or a few!) in a tent under the stars. From enjoying a tranquil picnic at El Morro National Monument to leisurely floating down Buffalo National River to venturing just outside the New York City limits, these parks will remind you of the magic of camping. Maybe you will even be inspired to pitch a tent for the first time.

Show Off Your Love of the Parks

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Heading back to school? Or just ready to bid adieu to the sweltering months of summer? Whatever your plans, the Official Find Your Park store has just what you need to gear up for the chillier season ahead. This month only, get free shipping and a Find Your Park baseball cap with orders over $50. The best part? One hundred percent of the proceeds from your purchase go to the National Park Foundation to help preserve and protect America’s greatest treasures.

This Month's Quiz

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In 1999 which national park unit moved a lighthouse on its grounds half a mile inland to protect it from erosion?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Lisa Waters, from Galax, VA who knew that Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens in Washington, D.C. preserves 30 plus acres of historic ponds, water gardens, and greenhouses.

Way to go, Lisa!

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