© Ian McRae PhotographyAugust: Celebrating 100 Years National Monthly Theme: Celebrating 100 Years Celebrate! Parks are encouraged to promote events around our 100th anniversary on August 25 and invite visitors to share what they love about the national parks. Celebrations include: Mount Rainier Centennial Film Release: Designing Mount Rainier: Rustic Architecture of Mount Rainier National Park August, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Washington Trails Association – Centennial Trail Maintenance. WTA will lead trail construction and repair projects to take the park’s magnificent trails into the next century for the next generation of park hikers. August 3, 17, 31, History Comes Alive at Ohanapecosh Campground, 8 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories August 4, 18, History Comes Alive at White River Campground, 7:30 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories August 6, 8:30 pm. Centennial Speaker Series: Amazing Mount Rainier Stories, Paradise Inn lobby. Hear interesting and amazing Mount Rainier stories told by visitors, rangers, and volunteers. August 7, 8:45 pm. Centennial Speaker Series: Wish You Were Here: Mail and the National Parks (tentative), Paradise Inn lobby. Did you know that a village at the bottom of the Grand Canyon eats most of its mail? Or that one of America’s newest national park units was once so secret that it sent and received mail at an undercover address? Join curators from the Smithsonian Institute’s National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. to learn the surprising ways that mail has moved to, through, and from the national parks. Everyone who attends the program can leave with their own personalized collection six free, vintage national park-themed U.S. postage stamps! August 7-September 2, Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School, Longmire. This University of Oregon program provides hands-on learning in historic preservation techniques working on buildings and structures in the park’s National Historic Landmark District. August 12-14. Music in the American Wild, various park locations. A group of eleven composers and seven performers will be touring seven national parks during the Centennial honoring our country’s grandest location with new productions of inherently American music. They will premier their new compositions in the amazing places that have inspired them. All performances will last approximately 1 hour in length and will include several pieces inspired by natural areas around the country. August 12 at 7:30 pm, Ohanapecosh Amphitheatre August 13 at 2:00 pm, Paradise Pavilion next to Jackson Visitor Center August 14 at 2:00 pm, near Sunrise Visitor Center August 12, 26, History Comes Alive at Paradise Inn Lobby, 8:45 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories. August 13, 27, History Comes Alive at Cougar Rock Campground, 8:30 pm. National parks tell stories of people – past and present. Meet some characters from Mount Rainier National Park’s past and hear their stories. August 13. Mount Rainier National Park Associates Centennial Volunteer Project. For information on this trail maintenance project and to sign up contact MRNPA at mrnpa.org or email [email protected]. August 20, Shadows of the Past at Longmire, 8:30 pm. Meet the people who explored, settled, climbed and protected Mount Rainier more than 100 years ago. Meet outside the National Park Inn for this free 75-90 minute lantern tour departing every 20 minutes beginning at 8:30 pm, with the last tour beginning at 9:30 pm. August 25-28. NPS Centennial Free Entrance Days in honor of the NPS Centennial. August 25. 10:00 am-3 pm. Celebrate Rainier! Mount Rainier National Park Celebrates the National Park Service Centennial. Join park employees and volunteers at Longmire, Paradise, Ohanapecosh and Sunrise for fun activities, demonstrations, and volunteer service projects focused on the work Mount Rainier employees perform to preserve and protect park resources. August 27. Centennial Star Party. Join park astronomy volunteers and Tacoma Astronomical Society for a memorable night of star gazing. The program begins at 8:45 in the Paradise Inn followed by star gazing outside the Jackson Visitor Center at 9:30. Every Kid in a Park Programs: Special in-park curriculum education program focused on the meanings, values and diversity of national parks for regional 4th-grade classes. Transportation scholarships are available. For the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, the National Park Service has developed a theme-oriented message calendar to help parks, regions, and programs promote their work to connect with and help create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates.