National Parks Celebrates Centennial Anniversary


By Maia Gibson, Photo Editor

This year, the National Parks Service (NPS) celebrates it’s 100th birthday. Over the past century, the NPS has striven towards preserving National Parks for years to come, making them enjoyable to visit for current future generations.

While Yosemite was the core and birthplace of the NPS, today there are 392 national parks, monuments, battlefields, seashores, recreation areas, etc.  Originally protected by Abraham Lincoln, as our country has grown to where we are now, so have our national parks. While at first the parks had no organized group to maintain them, the NPS eventually emerged in 1916, created by Stephen Mather, and created the NPS that now allows us to see so much natural beauty across our country.

“The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.” 

NPS is celebrating it’s centennial by hosting events in parks nationwide. Their website allows you to find a national park near you who is celebrating the centennial.

The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.” 

The NPS has done a plethora of things to protect and promote our national parks. First established in 1916, the NPS works to support groups nationwide to preserve history and support the American people.

“We are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun.” 

The 100th birthday of the NPS draws attention to the preservation of our country’s natural beauty. By promoting the centennial, the parks, which already attract more than 275 million visitors per year, are getting the opportunity to share their message. The beauty of the parks is something that should be experienced by all Americans in their lifetimes, so the NPS is extensively attempting to draw in visitors for their centennial celebration.


Photo Credits: Stephen Wilkes of Yosemite Valley 
Logo of NPS courtesy of NPS

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