Celebrating 100 years of National Parks Service

Spider Rock, the unofficial symbol of Canyon de Chelly, is a sandstone obelisk that rises more than 800 feet from the canyon floor at the junction of Canyon de Chelly and Monument Canyon. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The National Parks Service turns 100 years old on Thursday. According to the National Parks Service, visitation reached an all-time high in 2015, with more than 307 million visitors. As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial this week, many of the parks nationwide have planned special festivals and programs to mark the anniversaries of […]

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100 Years of National Parks: 5 Ways To Celebrate

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On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turns 100. What’s the perfect gift for a centennial birthday? Yourself! Get out there and enjoy America’s National Parks! Here are five ways you can celebrate: Paddle a River The marked Cedar Creek Canoe Trail winds approximately 15 miles through the Congaree National Park (South Carolina), starting […]

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Clemson University & National Park Service Release Open Parks Network

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Clemson University and the National Park Service have released the Open Parks Network, a digital gallery of rare and unique material from the archives of America’s national parks, historic sites, and battlefields. The network’s website is growing perpetually and currently features more than 100,000 high-resolution, public domain images. The project team is adding 40 photo albums of material […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: Look Back In Time 1,000 Years

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Most of the national parks in the Southwest are about the landscapes, but Mesa Verde in southern Colorado is more cultural than natural. There’s still plenty of rugged scenery, but there are also more than 5,000 archaeological sites contained within Mesa Verde’s boundaries. Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table”, offers a spectacular look into the […]

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National Parks Inspire Love Of Nature

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National Parks inspire life-changing love of nature by taking people out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. This has never been more true than now on the eve of the anniversary of the National Park Service on August 25. The park service manages 58 national parks, including iconic parks like Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion, Grand Canyon, […]

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Lassen Volcanic National Park: Exploring a Restless Landscape

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Here, on the Cascade Range in Northern California, we’re gaping at a large pool of bubbling mud the color of mushroom soup gone very, very bad. A rotten-egg smell fills the air. The smell is hydrogen sulfide. After all, we’re at a place called the Sulphur Works. One hundred eighty-one degrees. Impressive. The interesting thing […]

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Celebrate the National Park Service 100th Birthday: #FindYourPark During August

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The National Park Service invites visitors of all ages to join in the celebration of its 100th birthday throughout the month of August. With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 parks from August 25 through August 28, the National Park Service is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark for the centennial. “August—our […]

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