This week, the National Park Service turns 96, and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, invites the entire nation to the party.
The public may share birthday wishes along with their favorite national park stories, photos and videos at www.NPSBirthday.org. Once there, visitors may discover the national parks near them, how the National Park Service is working in their community and show their support for America’s treasured places by donating their own birthday gift to the national parks, according to a news release.
The National Park Service will waive entrance fees for all visitors on Saturday (Aug. 25).
“Our national parks are touted as ‘America’s Best Idea,’” said Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation, “The National Park Service is the driving force in protecting that idea. This week, we have the opportunity to thank them for all that they do to preserve these special places that tell the story of this nation.”
On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established the National Park Service to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein … for the enjoyment of future generations.”
For more information about the National Park Foundation and ways to support America’s national parks, go to www.nationalparks.org.