NPS and the National Park Foundation created a birthday list of 99 Ways to Find Your Park.
"The National Park Service's 99th birthday is an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the role of national parks in the American story," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "And it's also a time to look ahead to our centennial year, and the next 100 years. These national treasures belong to all of us, and we want everyone - especially the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates - to discover and connect with their national parks."
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service, which preserves and protects 408 sites throughout the country. Each national park, historic site or national seashore, was established by a president or Congress to protect, preserve and share its national significance for future generations.
Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements; others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders. All provide a place to have fun and learn.
Tags: Tourism, Appalachian Trail, News, Robert Sutherland Travel Writer, Conservation, Hiking Safety, and national park free admission
First Day Hikes offer a great way to get outside, exercise, enjoy nature and welcome the New Year with friends and family at parks in all 50 states.
Published Oct 1, 2013.