Happy 100th Anniversary, National Park Service!

100 years is a reason to cheer! The official birthday of our National Park Service is August 25, but this is so big we're celebrating all year long. Now is the time to visit our parks. As Stephen Mather, first NPS Director stated, "A visit inspires love of country; begets contentment; engenders pride of possession; contains the antidote for national restlessness. ... He is a better citizen with a keener appreciation of the privilege of living here who has toured the national parks."

This Centennial Project is a joint venture with

Centennial Themes

June: Great Outdoors Month

Great Outdoors Month! Parks highlight the many ways to enjoy the nature while bringing attention to the contributions of partnerships and volunteers.

July: Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park! Summer is a perfect time to use Every Kid in a Park (EKiP) passes, and the Department of the Interior will feature NPS engagement with EKiP this month.

August: Celebrating 100 Years

Celebrating 100 Years! Parks are encouraged to promote events around our 100th anniversary on August 25th and invite visitors to share what they love about the national parks.

September: Welcoming New Audiences in Parks

Welcoming New Audiences in Parks! Inspired by Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) and National Public Lands Day, the NPS welcomes new visitors and stewards to our parks.

October: Preserving History and Culture

Preserving History and Culture! In honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, we celebrate the National Park Service’s pivotal role in preserving history and culture.

November: Digital Connections

Digital Connections! Exploring how digital engagement enhances visitor experiences and park operations in our second century.