Blog Post Aug 18, 2016

Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial

A roundup of 6 stories celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.

1. 100 Years at a Glance

By Christiane Engel

In honor of the Park Service’s centennial, here are some notable dates from the first 100 years.


2. It’s the Centennial … Now What?

NPCA has brought thousands of people together during the National Park Service’s centennial year to enjoy and improve some of America’s most inspirational places. Here are highlights from 2016 and ways to build on this momentum in the years ahead.


3. Then and Now

Out with unchecked looting and feeding the bears. In with prescribed fire and zero waste. What a difference 100 years has made for the National Park Service.


4. Your Favorite National Parks

The results of our Readers’ Choice Poll are in, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the National Park Service centennial this month than to share what you, the parks’ biggest advocates, love most in our park system.


5. Your Park Stories

It’s challenging to sum up the Park Service at 100, but thanks to the hundreds of photos and stories we’ve received from park lovers around the country at, we have special insights into the meaning these places hold in our lives a century later. Read a hand-picked selection recently featured in National Parks magazine — and share your own.


6. On the Eve of the National Parks’ Centennial, We Must All Work to Make Parks More Diverse

Three steps the National Park Service can take to improve diversity and remain relevant into its second century.

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