On August 25, the National Park Service celebrates its 102nd birthday. This year's theme? Discovering something new for one-o-two!

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Happy Birthday, NPS!

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On August 25, the National Park Service celebrates its 102nd birthday. This year’s theme? Discovering something new for one-oh-two! Even the most well-traveled and adventurous park lover can find a new way to experience our parks. Visit a park you’ve never been to or return to your go-to park and try a new sport. For more suggestions on how to get started, check out some ideas on our blog.

#PicYourParkContest Continues

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Having fun with friends and family at national parks this month? You’re likely taking pics to remember the moments, so be sure to enter the National Park Foundation’s Pic Your Park photo contest while you’re at it. Each time you post a selfie on Instagram from a different national park with the hashtag #PicYourParkContest and the park’s geotag, you increase your point total and get closer to winning the grand prize national park trip! Earn bonus points for tagging a national seashore or lakeshore in August or exploring national recreation areas, national reserves or national preserves in September. Lesser-known national parks can earn you even more points! For more information on details, rules, and resources, check out the contest’s website.

Best. Job. Ever.

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Our national parks offer powerful place-based learning experiences through programs such as the Youth Conservation Corps which recruits young people for jobs that protect, restore and enhance our parks. Corps members gain valuable skills and work experience while assisting with important conservation and restoration projects. This summer, the National Park Foundation supported corps members across the National Park System. Find out why corps members love this work and the impact the program makes in parks across the country.

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Ensuring the Future of an Old Trail's History

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The Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail follows the marching path of allied French and Continental armies from Newport, RI and Newburgh, NY to Yorktown, VA during the Revolutionary War. This trail marks the war’s largest coordinated troop movement of these allied forces, and thousands of soldiers traveled these hundreds of miles to combat their British counterparts at the Siege of Yorktown in 1781. There, the combined strength of General George Washington’s Continental Army, General Rochambeau’s French forces and General de Grasse’s French fleet forced General Lord Charles Cornwallis to surrender, and soon, the united colonies won their independence to become the United States.

 

Partnership has long played an important role along the Washington Rochambeau National Historic Trail — from the collaboration between the Americans and the French during the Revolutionary War to the formation of the National Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association (W3R®-US) almost 250 years later. Read more on our blog.

Share Your Park Experience

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Did your summer vacation include exploring some of our beautiful national parks? Are you are drawn to photographing wildlife, night skies, unique architecture or stunning views? Enter your photos in the Share the Experience Photo Contest, an annual competition for amateur photographers, for your chance to win some great prizes. To learn more about the 2018 contest, view a full listing of prizes and rules or submit your favorite photos, visit www.sharetheexperience.org. The 2018 contest runs through December 31, so get snapping and enter today!

Soldiers Who Scrapbook

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The artifacts preserved in our national parks tell fascinating stories and bring the past to life. During the Civil War, soldiers – and prisoners – sought ways to occupy their time away from home. At Dry Tortugas National Park in Florida, some turned to scrapbooking plants as a new hobby. Take a closer look at this album for a glimpse into this old-time craft!

(Fore) The Love of Parks

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Next time you’re looking to head to the green, skip the country club and head to a national park. A handful of national parks across the country are home to golf courses. In addition to places of recreation, they serve as pieces of park history and objects of research and study. Learn more about where you can practice your swing here.

Stewardship Circle Spotlight: Rob Miller

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Rob Miller's appreciation for national parks began at age 11. During his family trip to Yellowstone National Park, his mind opened “to the vast possibilities nature has to offer.” This trip set the course for his continued travel to many parks including Acadia and Zion. As a Stewardship Circle member, he believes that we would all be poorer without national parks and encourages everyone to take action now to support these national treasures. Read more of Rob’s story and learn how to become a Stewardship Circle member on our website.

Show Your Love for the Parks

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We’ve got all the goods you need to beat the never-ending summer heat – or cozy up for the cooler months ahead. The Official Find Your Park Store carries lots of fun national park-inspired apparel and accessories that show off your park pride and encourage everyone to get out there and #FindYourPark. And there is no better way to wish the National Park Service a happy birthday than by rocking limited-release logo gear. In celebration of turning 102, we’re offering free shipping on orders over $50 and a complimentary Find Your Park hat for orders over $100 through August 27. All the more reason to rep the parks. 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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What national park boasts an underwater trail where snorkelers can explore one of the most pristine barrier coral reef systems in the Caribbean?

And congratulations to last month's winner, Daniel Ruiz, from Whittier, CA, who knew that Morristown National Historical Park was the winter encampment site of the Continental Army under General Washington from 1779-1780. Way to go, Daniel!

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