National Park Service celebrates centennial

National Park Service (NPS) supporters, visitors and staff are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service this week at 413 parks nationwide. The NPS invites everyone to join the celebration by visiting a national park this week.

There are hundreds of events taking place around the country to celebrate the centennial in unique, fun and engaging ways. From concert to nature hikes.

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis is celebrating the Centennial at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Yellowstone, our nation’s first national park, is hosting “An Evening at the Arch” on August 25 at 7 p.m. MDT. Jarvis will join Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, and other distinguished guests and performers as they kick off the second century of the National Park Service, highlight the importance of the partnerships, and recognize the completion of the first phase of restoring the park’s iconic Gardiner Gateway.

“I’m honored to celebrate our Centennial at Yellowstone National Park, our first national park and the birthplace of what is often called ‘America’s Best Idea’…the National Park Service,” said Jarvis. “To stand in this iconic park with so many strong supporters and partners to commemorate not only where we have come as a service, but what we are doing to preserve these spaces for our future generations, is a highlight of my 40-year ranger career.”

“The National Park Service is unlike any other federal agency. We serve not only as stewards of the nation's greatest landscapes, but also as keepers of its cultural heritage,” Jarvis added. “This Centennial is a celebration of our founders and their foresight to create an organization that embodies our highest ideals, our most symbolic places, and stands as the best national park system in the world.”

Yellowstone’s “An Evening at the Arch” event will be live streamed to the public via this link: http://livestream.com/accounts/11206525/events/6052233.

Nationwide Celebration

To celebrate the 100th anniversary, and to look ahead to the next 100 years, the NPS and National Park Foundation launched the Find Your Park campaign. Find Your Park invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history.

The NPS encourages everyone to Find Your Park during its centennial and beyond. Learn more about the campaign online by visiting www.FindYourPark.com.

To help everyone find a park to explore, the National Park Service is offering free admission to all 413 national parks from August 25-28 as part of the 16 in 16’ fee-free days.

All fourth graders in the country also get a free pass to all National Parks for an entire year starting Sept. 1.

Anyone older than 62 can pay a one-time fee of $10 and get admission to all national parks and federal lands for the rest of their life. For a look at many of the NPS passes, go to: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm.

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