August 25, 2015
The National Park System turns 99 today! It’s so impressive that 408 sites make up the National Park System and that last year 292 million visitors visited those parks. The National Park Systems is full of amazing places, with open spaces, historic attractions, and recreational opportunities for everyone at every age. In honor of the 99th birthday of the National Park System, Eco News Network encourages you to celebrate by finding a National Park near you. You’ll see that a national park is more than just a place — it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. What’s even better is that to celebrate, the National Park Service is offering free admission to all of the parks in the National Park System.
Not sure where to Find Your Park? Recently the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation launched the Find Your Park campaign to recognize the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service.
Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide. Find Your Park also encourages people to find their own personal connections within the network of national parks and public lands.
“There is something for everyone in our national parks, whether it is the breathtaking landscapes or the historical and cultural sites that tell the story of our country,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. “As we approach the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service, this is a perfect time for all Americans – especially young people – to Find Your Park, from neighborhood parks to national parks and all public lands in between.”So go ahead and Find Your Park and celebrate all that the National Park System has to offer.
You can also find the National Park closest to you and plan your next adventure by visiting http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm.
Photos courtesy of National Park Service and FindYourPark.com