Having an active summer has never been so historically cool. And guess what nature is calling you! Do you enjoy hiking, camping, white water rafting, or just simply staring at beauty? This is a great year to get involved as the Park Service celebrates 100 years. Regardless of what state you are in a park is probably nearby. Each park has a slew of events going on this year with brochures full of events throughout the summer. The last 100 years have been centered on protecting this beautiful land, here’s to 100 more years!
A little history about the National Park Service to bring you up to speed! Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act on August 25, 1916. The first national park was Yellowstone National Park established in 1872 by Ulysses Grant. There are currently 410 parks with 84 million acres in every state in the country and also including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The areas include parks, battlefields, military parks, monuments, historical parks, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, rivers, trails, and the White House.
Adventure is Out There, Go Find It!
1. Find the hidden natural treasures this country has to offer, 127 parks are offering free admission to certain parks 16 days this year. Some of the parks offering free passes include Everglades, Yellowstone, Carter Lake, Alaska’s Denali National Park, and Joshua Tree National Park. The dates include April 16-24 (National Park Week), August 25-28 (National Park Service Birthday), September 24 (National Public Lands Day), and lastly November 11 (Veterans Day). However, lucky you admission is free at 282 of the parks.
2. Spend time with family and friends out in the fresh air with a nice picnic.
3. Learn about the rich history of the United States whether it’s at a historical battlefield or a selection of monuments.
4. Interact with wildlife like whales and dolphins in California or Alaska.
5. You can go flightseeing, take a plane ride over the Grand Canyon.
6. Pitch a tent and camp out, on the beach or in the woods!
7. Be one with nature on a trail in almost any park. Reflect on life and burn calories at the same time.
Find a park near you, adventure is out there!