NPS 101st Birthday, Celebrating Service, Viewing the Remarkable 2017 Solar Eclipse in National Parks, and more

Join in Celebrating the
National Park Service’s 101st Birthday

The National Park Service turns 101 on August 25! Over the past 101 years, the women and men of the National Park Service have served as our nation’s storytellers, caring for our most treasured places. To commemorate all they do and the remarkable places they protect, we kicked off a series called Parks 101 to showcase the lesser-known stories of the National Park System. Head over to our blog to discover a new park or story for yourself!


Need ideas on how to join the celebration? Here are a few to get your imagination running:

Not that you need an excuse to visit, but why not plan to #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque in honor of the National Park Service’s 101st birthday? We’ll see you out in the parks!

Celebrating Service

Service, in its many forms, has an incredible impact in our national parks and in the national parks community. This month, we celebrated the invaluable contributions of some of our National Park Service colleagues and National Park Service volunteers. From preserving wilderness at Glacier and Everglades, to wowing visitors with night sky programs at Olympic, to leading fun and engaging tours at Steamtown, we are thankful for everything that the individuals honored at our recent NPS awards ceremony do for our community. You can learn about the Hartzog Award recipients here and the Yount Award recipient here.

Viewing the Remarkable
2017 Solar Eclipse in National Parks

The sun’s going to get overtaken by the moon for just a few moments this summer. Where will YOU be for this event? If you haven’t started planning, click over to this blog post ASAP to learn about some of the national parks that are preparing for August 21’s incredible total solar eclipse.

Upcoming Changes to the Senior Pass

Upcoming changes to the America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass include the addition of a one-year senior pass and an increase in the price of the lifetime pass. These changes will help support an improved visitor experience and more recreation opportunities across the country. Learn more about the changes here.

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Picture Perfect Parks

Whether you are drawn to photographing wildlife, unique architecture, stunning views, or the lesser-known treasures, summer is the perfect time to capture the beauty of America’s national parks. The Share the Experience Photo Contest, an annual competition for photographers of all abilities, is now in full swing and accepting entries through December 31. Don’t miss out on your chance to win some great prizes, so get snapping and enter today. To learn more about the 2017 contest, view a full listing of prizes and rules, or submit your favorite photos, visit

Advancing the Study of Sea Mammal Communication

Ever had a nice dinner out ruined by poor acoustics? Like humans, whales and seals rely on acoustics to communicate with one another. Thanks to support from NPF, scientists in Glacier Bay National Park are studying marine mammals through automated audio recording devices. This non-invasive method allows researchers to track vocal animals and better understand how they are affected by other sounds in their environments. Park scientists are working on a multi-year collaboration with researchers from Oregon State University and Syracuse University to document the use of sound by harbor seals and humpback whales, and to evaluate the extent to which man-made noise hinders successful communication.


The Glacier Bay/Icy Strait area is the summer feeding range for nearly 250 humpback whales and home to over 5,000 harbor seals. Building on previous work, this study is helping scientists determine whether whales and seals alter their vocal behavior in response to vessel noise. The findings will allow parks to implement vessel restrictions that reduce the likelihood of interrupting vital life functions, like foraging, and to anticipate humpback whale travel corridors. Help support this and other programs that allow us to learn more about and protect the environments and ecosystems in our national parks.

When Your Next Park Trip is Written in the Stars

Stuck in a park rut, visiting the same national park each year? Or perhaps you've been meaning to take a trip before the end of summer, but still haven't decided where to go? Fear not. This list of parks to visit, based on your horoscope, will help match you with the perfect park adventure.

A Cultural Conquest at Coronado National Monument

Coronado ended up returning to Mexico City, publicly shamed for the failure of his expedition to find seven cities of gold. In fact, he found no cities of gold. The conquest may have been a major fail, but the national park that remembers it is a total win. Here you can learn more about Coronado’s expedition, as well as activities to do in the park!

Dark Skies Over Utah

Surrounded by the natural sandstone arches, mesas, and prehistoric, Puebloan-era villages, billions of stars are found in the night skies above southeastern Utah. The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks are currently working to protect them, as Arches National Park pursues the International Dark Skies designation. Joette Langianese, Executive Director of the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, notes, “Just like our native grasses, we’re looking at the dark sky as a natural resource that we want to preserve and protect.” Read more on our blog.

Spectacular Scuba Diving Spots in Your National Parks

Scuba diving doesn't require a trip to the Caribbean or even to Florida! You'll find plenty of opportunities to swim beside fish when you visit national parks across the country. Whether you're in the saltwater surrounding Hawaii or in the freshwater lakes of Michigan, national parks have enough waters to keep divers exploring endlessly. Check out this list of parks for diving to get inspired.

Wandering Wyoming’s Fort Laramie
National Historic Site

Within a day’s drive from several other national parks, Wyoming’s Fort Laramie National Historic Site is the perfect destination to tack on to a Western park adventure. Head over to our blog to learn about the fur traders who frequented the area and the fort’s significance during frontier times.

Show Off Your Park Style

Want to showcase your love and support of national parks on your next outdoor adventure? Then check out The Official Find Your Park Store’s selection of fun park-inspired apparel and accessories that celebrate the National Park Service and encourage everyone to get out there and #FindYourPark. And the best news of all – one hundred percent of the proceeds from your purchase go to the National Park Foundation to help preserve and protect these special places.

This Month's Quiz

Fort McHenry. Photo courtesy of National Park Service

What national park has the most well-formed and abundant boxwork (thin blades of calcite formations)?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Debbie Laveck, from Ashtabula, Ohio, who knew that Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine was a key inspiration during the War of 1812, and served as a Union transfer prison camp during the Civil War.

Way to go, Debbie!

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