Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Free Entry to All National Parks to Celebrate the National Park Service’s 99th Birthday on August 25

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act creating the National Park Service (NPS), a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established (now there are 408 national parks!).

To celebrate the upcoming centennial of NPS in 2016, the National Park Foundation (NPF) launched their Find Your Park campaign to encourage everyone to get up, get out there and #FindYourPark - no matter your interest.

Below are 99 ways you could celebrate NPS’ 99th birthday on August 25, 2015 and get ready for NPS’ big 100th birthday next year. Founders’ Day also marks fee free day to all national parks.

99 Ways to Find Your Park


1             Go climbing
2             Write poetry
3             Be an urban hiker
4             Visit a National Heritage Area
5             Dance
6             Learn about climate change
7             Discover a culture new to you
8             Experience silence
10         Find inspiration in the story of a civil rights leader
11         Go on a ranger-led tour #rangerspointingatthings
12         Hug a tree
13         Make a memory
14         Earn a Jr. Ranger badge
16         Celebrate innovation
17         Find life in a desert
18         Get inspired by a First Lady
19         Stand on a mountaintop
20         Bring a kid to a park
21         Paddle a water trail
22         Take a photo that matches a historic one #retrogram
23         Try something new
24         Channel your inner Bill Nye—become a citizen scientist
25         Walk a historic main street
26         Find your park in Spanish #encuentratuparque
27         Explore a cave
28         Go green
29         Brush up your national park trivia skills
30         Scout a park, boys and girls!
31         Make art in a park
33         Come sail away
34         Take a picnic and dine al fresco
35         Be bear aware
36         Hit the road
37         Enlighten yourself at a historic lighthouse
38         Go biking
40         Feel the sand between your toes
41         Share your story
42         Learn about endangered species
43         Join us
44         Follow NPS on social media
45         Follow the footsteps of a woman who made history
46         Get in the know about H2O
47         Bee pollinator friendly
48         Get VIP status
49         Catch a wave
50         Immerse yourself in a living history program
51         Hit record
52         Get prehistoric
53         Improve your health—get a park Rx
55         Get reel—Visit a park featured in your favorite movie
56         Join a trail clean-up
57         See the sea
58         Discover a traditional tribal cultural practice
60         Mail a postcard
61         Discover history around you
62         Make new friends
63         Raft down a river
64         Pay your respects at a national cemetery
65         Pick a POTUS
66         Take a mini-cruise
67         Plan ahead and prepare
68         Walk nature's treadmill
69         Pose for a family photo in a park
71         Reflect on our most difficult stories
72         Stamp your park passport
73         Ride on a historic carousel
74         Run
76         Renew your spirit
78         Go fish
79         See the starry, starry night
80         Make a splash
81         Share a #tbt park photo
83         Sleep outside
84         Spread the love—thank a park volunteer
85         Plan the best field trip ever
87         Trash Your Trash
88         Find a monument and decode history
89         Travel the Underground Railroad
90         Use the buddy system!
92         Wander an American battlefield
93         Watch wildlife
94         Take a deep breath
95         Go wild: Experience wilderness
97         Play
98         Take a sunrise selfie

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