Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Celebrating the National Park Service's 100th anniversary

Stacy Diaz | 01 September, 2016, 13:50

National Park Service was founded in 1916 to preserve the unimpaired natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the education, enjoyment and inspiration of this and future generations.

In 2015, the most visited national parks include Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountains and Yosemite, according to the National Park Service. Today, they oversee more than 400 spaces including 59 national parks.

Donated by Burt's Bees co-founder Roxanne Quimby, the expanse features views of Mount Katahdin, the tallest mountain in Maine.

With summer winding down, perhaps this weekend is the time to squeeze in a trip to one of the 58 national parks, especially considering the National Parks Service is offering free admission to all its parks through Sunday in coordination with its centennial celebration. "That's why we're celebrating the 100th anniversary", says Ocmulgee National Monument Superintendent Jim Davis.

The National Park Service sent an architectural team to help plan for the new park.

People in Bar Harbor celebrated two birthdays in one night - honoring 100 years of The National Park Service and Acadia National Park Thursday night.

US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel spent Thursday morning with Glacier Park scientists and stakeholders to get an up close look how climate change is affecting the park's glaciers and other park resources.

Some of those pictures, taken by Simmons reminds her of when she used to work at Yellowstone in the '70s.

To celebrate the Centennial, rangers led talks, tide pool explorations, tea and tours at the Russian Bishop's House, and passed out vanilla cupcakes - with "park ranger" green sprinkles. The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Maryland is offering free mule-drawn boat rides on Thursday.