Hot Springs, Arkansas

Photo above: A poster of vintage Hot Springs, the oldest protected land by the federal government, since 1932, in the United States, courtesy Library of Congress. Right: Just one spectacular scene from Yellowstone National Park, the oldest National Park.

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National Park Service 100th Anniversary

List of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service dates on the Centennial date of August 25, 1916, both at the thirty-three National Parks that were in the service one hundred years ago, plus the dozen and one half others that were also under the aegis of another government office, and other parks within the National Park Service.

  • The Original 33, August 25, 2016 Centennial Celebrations


    National Park Service Birthday, Free Entrance


    August 25-28, 2016
    Time: All Day.
    Location: Devils Tower National Monument

    Event: We are so proud to have 100 years of the National Park Service! Please join us at Devils Tower National Monument to celebrate the Centennial! This year is also a celebration for 110 years for Devils Tower!

    August 25/26 - Special Guest Phillip Whiteman Jr.
    Time: 8:30 to 9:15 p.m.
    Location: Devils Tower National Monument amphitheater.

    Event: Please join us for this special National Park Service Centennial presentation where Phillip Whiteman Jr. brings his horse to discuss the horsemanship he has mastered. This is a non-confrontational Native American approach to working with and training horses, but it is much more. It is about working with yourself emotionally, physically, and spiritually. The philosophy uses the medicine wheel as a model: the four colors, the four directions, seasons, stages of life and behaviors that come with the stages, and animals, it teaches we are one and part of the circle.



    100th Anniversary of the National Park Service.

    Date/Time: August 25, 1:45 p.m.
    Location: Dinosaur National Monument, Quarry Visitor Center and Canyon Visitor Center.
    Event: Cake! The National Park Service turns 100 years old today. There are so many ways to celebrate, and the sweetest way is with cake. Join rangers, volunteers and park partners in kicking off a second century of stewardship at the Quarry Visitor Center in Utah and the Canyon Visitor Center in Colorado from 1:45 pm until all the slices are gone.




    Founder's Day

    Date/Time: August 25
    Location: Mesa Verde National Park.
    Event: Celebration of the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service. Two Curation Tours of the Mesa Verde Visitor & Research Center. Each focus on the artifacts and archives associated with Mesa Verde's "famous folks". Come learn about interesting people from the past that helped shape Mesa Verde National Park. Tours scheduled for 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Limited to 10 people. Traditional Pueblo Dances and Cultural Demonstrations throughout the day.
    10:00 am -- Founder's Day Celebration. Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center. Join us for the kick-off to the National Park Service birthday celebration. The crew of the USS Mesa Verde will present the colors, followed by speakers and a birthday cake.
    9:00 am and 3:00 pm -- Curation Tours. Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center. The behind-the-scenes tour will focus on the artifacts and archives associated with Mesa Verde "famous folks" who helped shape Mesa Verde National Park. Space is limited. Call 970-529-4614 or 970-529-5074 for a reservation.
    11:30 am and 1:30 pm -- Zia Buffalo Dancers. Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center. The Zia Buffalo Dancers from Zia Pueblo, New Mexico will perform this traditional Pueblo dance.
    8:30 am to 2:30 pm -- Book Reading & Signing. Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Children's book reading and signing by author, Betty Bauer.
    1:00 pm -- Historic District Walking Tour. Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. "The Way We Were" -- Join Jesse Nusbaum, Mesa Verde's first superintendent, for a 1.5 hour walking tour that explores the Chapin Mesa Historic District.
    3:00 pm -- Junior Ranger Pledge and Ceremony. Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Junior Rangers -- bring your completed Mesa Verde Junior Ranger booklets to the museum for a special "swearing-in ceremony" by Park Superintendent Cliff Spencer.
    8:00 pm -- Centennial Campground Evening Program. Morefield Campground Amphitheater. Participate in a special evening program reminiscent of early National Park Service campfire talks. Enjoy a traditional sing-a-long, birthday cupcakes, group photo, and a slide program, "For Future Generations: The Story of America's National Parks."


    Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

    Date/Time: August 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Tumacacori National Monument
    Event: All national parks will be offering free entrance from August 25 to August 28, 2016. In addition, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on August 25 Tumacacori will offer visitors a slice of birthday cake, a frozen treat, and a chance to play a variety of NPS birthday games. Pin the bison on the arrowhead, play Stump the Ranger, browse the Find Your Park map, or share stories of your national park experiences.




    Founders Day Celebration.

    Date/Time: August 25, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Natural Bridges National Monument
    Event: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and everyone is invited to join the party!

    The parks of the Southeast Utah Group (Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, and Natural Bridges National Monument) will join all units of the National Park System in celebration on Thursday, August 25, to commemorate this historic birthday.


    Happy Birthday National Park Service

    Date/Time: August 25, Various.
    Location: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks.
    Event: Join us to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. Activities will include ranger-led programs, special cave tours by candlelight, and exhibit about the history of the National Park Service's uniforms.




    An Evening at the Arch: Yellowstone Celebrates the National Park Service Centennial.

    Date/Time: August 25, 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Yellowstone National Park, Gardiner, Montana Gateway Arch Park.
    Event: Yellowstone National Park and its partners will host a very special Centennial event to kick off the second century of the National Park Service, highlight the importance of public/private partnerships, and recognize the completion of the Gardiner Gateway Project (Phase One).

    The event features a talented line-up of performers: Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Leyla McCalla, the children's chorus The Singing Angelsfrom Cleveland, Ohio, and Teddy Roosevelt reenactor, Joe Wiegand. Local, state, and national dignitaries will also speak at the event.

    Tickets - Tickets are free, but required. The event is SOLD OUT. (Notifications for the final Ticket River lottery that occurred between July 15-20, will be sent by July 25.) The event will accommodate 6,000 people. Four thousand tickets were open to the public and the remaining tickets were set aside for dignitaries, sponsors, current employees, and volunteers. There are two types of tickets: general admission seating in Arch Park (with direct stage view), and general admission on the adjacent high school football field (no seats, stage view via Jumbotron only). Event parking will be available for free at the Gardiner Airport. Free shuttles will be provided between the airport and the event. Parking and shuttles are only available for ticket holders.

    Live Broadcasts - If you can't be here in person, you can still join this historic event by catching a live broadcast: Online via LiveStream.com.



    NPS Centennial Instameet


    August 25, 2016, 10 a.m.
    Location: Zion National Park, Temple of Sinawava, Riverside Walk trailhead.

    Event: Bring your smartphone or camera, invite your friends, and spend the morning taking beautiful photos along the Riverside Walk.



    Other parks in the Original 33 will also be holding special events on August 25 of the weekend following, check with the national park near you for an updated schedule or events.

  • Other 1916 Parks, August 25, 2016 Centennial Celebrations


    NPS Founders Day 100th Anniversary, 8/25/1916

    Date/Time: August 25.
    Location: Bandelier National Monument
    Event: "100 Years" Guided Hike (Dome area); August 25-28 Fee Free (no entry fee).




    Founders Day

    Date/Time: August 25-28, 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Location: Cabrillo National Monument
    Event: Celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service at Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego's National Park. Visitors are encouraged to participate in ranger-led walks and talks, attend park films, and complete the park's Junior Ranger program. This is one of only three days out of the year that the lantern and balcony of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse is open to the public.




    National Park Service Founders Day

    Date/Time: August 25.
    Location: Gettysburg National Battlefield
    Event: Celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center. Stop by for special programs and tours and even cake!




    Grand Canyon Music Festival

    Date/Time: August 25, various times.
    Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Desert View and Shrine of the Ages.
    Event: Traditional Hopi musicians will premiere Puhutawi, a fusion of Hopi traditional music with contemporary chamber music. Also held on August 26, September 2, 3, 6, 9, 10 with various artists.

    August 25-28, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Grand Canyon Train Depot.
    Event: Amtrak Trails & Rails Exhibit. Come aboard for a free self-guided tour through Amtrak's past, present and future. For the youngest rail fans, stop off at Chuggington Depot, featuring toy train and coloring tables.




    Other parks in the Other 1916 Parks will also be holding special events on August 25 of the weekend following, check with the national park near you for an updated schedule or events.

  • Other National Park Service Parks, August 25, 2016 Centennial Celebrations


    Dedication of the Exhibits on Michigan Island.

    Date/Time: August 25.
    Location: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
    Event: Dedication of the Exhibits on Michigan Island and Completion of the Line Item Construction Project to Rehabilitate 5 of the 7 Apostle Islands Light Stations. Exhibits will be installed in the first floor of the 1856 Michigan Island Lighthouse in early 2016. Also in 2016, an audio description component will be added to provide access to these exhibits to a wide range of visitors. The wrap-up of the lighthouse construction projects and the grand re-opening of the Old Michigan Island Light will be celebrated on Founders Day 2016. The old lighthouse on Michigan Island, the first in the Apostles, serves as an icon that represents changing times and how these changes impacted people in the region.




    Founders Day Celebration.

    Date/Time: August 25, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges
    Event: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and everyone is invited to join the party!

    The parks of the Southeast Utah Group (Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, and Natural Bridges National Monument) will join all units of the National Park System in celebration on Thursday, August 25, to commemorate this historic birthday.

    To celebrate 100 years of preserving America's most treasured places as national parks, rangers will offer fun, family-friendly activities throughout the day at the Moab Information Center, at the corner of Center and Main streets in downtown Moab. Stop by and join in the fun!

    Celebrate the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary with a film festival at Arches Visitor Center. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Film showing 7:00 p.m.




    Citizenship Ceremony.

    Date/Time: August 25, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
    Location: Biscayne National Park, Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
    Event: Biscayne National Park is hosting eight separate ceremonies to welcome at least 100 new citizens in the four months leading up to the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. The ceremonies begin at 9:00 and 11:00 AM on May 5 and 6, July 15 and August 25, are open to the public and take place in the park's Dante Fascell Visitor Center.




    Founder's Day Celebration.

    Date/Time: August 25.
    Location: Capitol Reef National Park
    Event: Join Capitol Reef National Park in our celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service as we kick off a second century of stewardship of America's national parks by engaging communities through recreation, conservation and historic preservation programs. On this day, our rangers will tell their stories and the stories of the many before us and beside us who have dedicated their time and talents to the idea that some places are so important to our national identity, that they deserve to be protected and preserved.




    Founders Day Outdoor Film.

    Date/Time: August 25.
    Location: Channel Islands National Park
    Event: Outdoor screening of the documentary, West of the West: Tales from California's Channel Islands, at the Ventura Harbor Village. This event will also include live music, yoga, and food trucks.




    NPS Birthday Party

    Date/Time: August 25, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP, Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center
    Event: Join us to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service with cake and ice cream. All welcome! A FREE special birthday boat ride will be held at 11am for the first 60 participants. Hear more about the legacy of the National Park Service at the 12:15 ranger program. Help us blow out the Birthday Candles at 12:30pm in the Great Falls Tavern. See a Canal Fashion show at 1:00pm. We will also have a photo booth and large birthday card for all to sign to commemorate the birthday celebration!




    Founders Day Centennial Celebration.

    Date/Time: August 25, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Dayton Aviation Heritage NHP
    Event: The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday and EVERYONE is invited to join the party! Americans can be proud that the United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most treasured places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by all. Let's celebrate these majestic natural, historical, and cultural places, and show our appreciation to the individuals who keep them safe today and who will continue to do so into the future.




    National Park Service 100th Birthday Bash

    Date/Time: August 25, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    Location: Death Valley National Park
    Event: This event will bring together park staff, partners and community members to commemorate Founders Day at Furnace Creek Visitor Center. During the month of August, an exhibit of historic art from Death Valley will be on exhibit in the Multi-purpose room.




    National Park Service Birthday (Founders Day)

    Date/Time: August 25, 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Effigy Mounds National Monument
    Event: Come celebrate the birthday of the National Park Service with a special program/talk to be held at 1pm.




    Wilderness Art Exhibit

    Date/Time: August 25 to September 4, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Fire Island National Seashore
    Event: See this group showing of wilderness inspired art, visitor reflections and creations from summer art workshops in the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness.




    NPS 100th Birthday

    Date/Time: August 25, 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.
    Location: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
    Event: Come out and celebrate the National Park Service's 100th Birthday! Listen to our honored guest speaker: Theodore Roosevelt at 3 pm. After, enjoy cake and a day playing outdoors in your National Park!




    Fort Pulaski Celebrates Founder's Day.

    Date/Time: August 25, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Location: Fort Pulaski
    Event: Fort Pulaski National Monument invites YOU to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service with us. Special programs will include guided walks, ranger programs, cannon firings, musical performances, and concert with the Third Infantry Division Band from Fort Stewart. Join us on Thursday, August 25th as we party like it's 1916! Founder's Day Schedule (Thursday, August 25th, 2016): 10:00 AM - Lighthouse Trail Walk
    11:00 AM - Guided Fort Tour
    12:00 PM - Ranger Program: The National Park Service at 100!
    12:30 PM - Artillery Demonstration
    1:00 PM - Performance: Savannah Arts Academy
    2:00 PM - Performance: Three Fold Chord
    2:30 PM - Artillery Demonstration
    3:00 PM - Guided Fort Tour
    4:00 PM - Ranger Program: The National Park Service at 100!
    4:30 PM - Artillery Demonstration
    5:00 PM - Performance: Gee Gullah Ring Shouters
    6:00 PM - Cake Cutting & Artillery Demonstration
    6:30 PM - Concert featuring the Third Infantry Division Band from Fort Stewart.




    Founders Day - 100th Birthday of the National Park Service.

    Date/Time: August 25, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Gateway National Recreation Area
    Event: Participate in various NPS themed games/activities trivia. Cake and refreshments will be served in the Visitor Center.




    Centennial Celebration and First Light Ceremony.

    Date/Time: August 25, 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Great Basin National Park
    Event: Great Basin National Park is excited to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service and the First Light of the Great Basin Observatory with the telescope donated by the Niggli Family. The celebration begins at 1:00pm. Arrive early and park at the Great Basin Visitor Center in Baker, NV. There will be no public parking available at the ceremony site. There will be a free shuttle from the visitor center to the ceremony site. Shuttles begin running at noon.
    Come and celebrate with us and enjoy special guest speakers at the ceremony, be a part of the time capsule burial and enjoy lantern light cave tours of Lehman Caves. After the ceremony we will be having birthday cake at the Great Basin Visitor Center and solar scopes set up for safely viewing the sun. Tyler Nordgren will give an astronomy presentation at 3:30 in the Great Basin Classroom.




    100th Anniversary Founders Day Naturalization Service

    Date/Time: August 25, 11:00 a.m.
    Location: Harper's Ferry NHP, Lower Town.
    Event: Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with a US Citizenship and Immigration Service naturalization ceremony featuring guest speakers, music and reception.

    Also from 1:00 to 4:00, Join a park ranger, Instagrammers, and others interested in social media and photography for monthly InstaMeets in the park. Each month focuses on a different theme or topic. Bring your smartphone or camera and your creativity and enthusiasm!




    Founders Day Celebration: Happy 100th Birthday National Park Service!

    Date/Time: August 25, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Independence National Historic Park
    Event: The day begins with the dedication of a plaque to the founder of the National Park Service, Stephen Mather on Independence Mall followed by a day filled with special NPS Centennial activities, including a Centennial ranger walking tour and slide program, a chance for kids to become officers in the Continental Army, games such as "Pin the Badge on the Ranger," some that George Washington might have played as a kid, and National Park Quizzo.

    The whole day culminates with a special Founders Day Picnic (5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the mall), complete with live music, lawn games, a ranger-led campfire talk and night sky talk, and yes birthday cake. There's something for people of all ages!

    Also from 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Take a stroll with a park ranger through Independence National Historical Park that highlights the history of the park from the early days of the historical buildings until today. See images of the area and the historic structures as they appeared at different times, and learn about the history of the National Park Service as it worked to preserve these important places. Meet at the Signers Garden, SE corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets.




    Centennial Celebration Park Open House.

    Date/Time: August 25, Quincy 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Calument 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Keeweenaw National Historic Park, Quincy and Calumet, Michigan.
    Event: In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Keweenaw National Historical Park will be hosting a Park Open House. Come and enjoy children's activities, demonstrations, free guided tours, a reception, and more!




    National Park Service 100th birthday

    Date/Time: August 25, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    Location: Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit
    Event: Come celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, complete with special activities and cake.




    Founder's Day: American Landscape Painting and National Parks.

    Date/Time: August 25, 6:30 p.m.
    Location: March-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, Carriage Barn Visitor Center.
    Event: Celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service with an inspirational talk about the synergy between art and the American conservation movement. Presented by our 2016 Artist-in-Residence Joan Hoffman.




    National Park Service Centennial Anniversary

    Date/Time: August 25, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Location: Monocacy National Battlefield
    Event: Visit your national park and celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. The first 100 visitors will receive a cupcake and can put their name in for a one-of-a-kind Centennial gift package. Ranger programs will focus on the history of the National Park Service. Ranger programs at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm will focus on the history of the National Park Service.




    National Park Service 100th birthday

    Date/Time: August 25, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
    Location: Mount Rushmore National Monument
    Event: On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service. When it was created the Service inherited the management of the 35 already established national parks and monuments. This year the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday. The list of national park sites has grown significantly over the last 100 years. There are now 412 national park sites across the 50 states, district, commonwealths and territories of the United States of America.

    Founders Week at Mount Rushmore National Memorial offers multiple ways to celebrate. Daily Monday through Friday, August 22 -26th at 11:00 a.m. meet a park ranger on the Grand View Terrace to join a walk chronicling the first 100 years of the National Park Service. Experience duct tape art at the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center or share a park memory or birthday wish at multiple stops throughout the park.

    On the Centennial Day, August 25, join additional festivities. Shake hands with Theodore Roosevelt, reenactor Gib Young, who will be roving throughout the park posing for photographs and presenting a program at 2 p.m. in the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center. Xanterra will have a special event from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the Carver's Cafe patio and beginning at 2:30 p.m. enjoy a slice of centennial birthday cake and Thomas Jefferson ice cream courtesy of Xanterra.

    The August 25 evening program will begin at 7:40 p.m. with a focus on the National Park Service Centennial. Start thinking about your favorite place, learn about the history of the National Park Service, hear what Theodore Roosevelt has to say and consider the future of the National Park Service. Join us as we begin our next century!




    Celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service.

    Date/Time: August 21-28.
    Location: National Mall, Washington, D.C.
    Event: Special events held throughout the week, check with the park for more details of other days.

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 25
    Lattes with Lincoln - Lincoln Memorial Northside food kiosk 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Get caffeinated with the 16th commander-in-chief and learn how legislation signed by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War is considered by many to be the birth of the National Park System! Meet the park ranger at the kiosk at 10 Henry Bacon Drive (north of the memorial).

    Living National Park Service Emblem - Washington Monument Grounds, 9 am -11am. Be a part of the world's largest National Park Service emblem created on the grounds of the Washington Monument on our 100th birthday! More than 1,000 participants will be assembled into a living Arrowhead using brown, green and white umbrellas; once the Arrowhead is formed, an aerial photograph will be taken and shared with participants on the National Mall and Memorial Parks website and social media pages. The first 1,000 participants to check-in will receive a t-shirt commemorating their participation in this historic event, as well as get to keep their umbrella. Assemble at 9 a.m. on the west side of the Washington Monument grounds. Preregister for this event.

    Rangerpalooza - Lincoln Memorial plaza by the reflecting pool, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The green and gray uniform and ranger's flat hat are among the most recognized features of the National Park Service. Celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service by learning about the men and women who care for the national parks. Children of all ages can try on National Park Service uniforms, see how the uniform has evolved through the years, earn a junior ranger badge, and learn about the many jobs in National Park Service that protect America's scenic wonders and historic sites. Lincoln Memorial.

    Expedition Arrowhead- Off the Beaten Path Scavenger Hunt - 6 lesser-known NAMA sites, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Visit several of National Mall and Memorial Parks' monuments and collect the pieces to a one-of-a-kind, National Park Service centennial commemorative stamp! The hunt starts on the west side of the Washington Monument, where participants receive a paper template and clues about the locations and features of several lesser-known National Mall sites, where they will find a stamp for their template. Participants who visit all stops will complete the commemorative stamp, available for one day only. The first 100 participants to complete the hunt will receive National Park Service prize pack. Total length is approximately five miles, and participants are encouraged to walk or ride Capital BikeShare and the DC Circulator National Mall Route to complete the hunt. Remember - stay safe, use crosswalks and stay hydrated!

    National Parks Treasures in National Mall Museums - Smithsonian Museums 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Unleash your inner Lewis and Clark as you explore museums on or near the National Mall to find exhibits, paintings and original artifacts related to America's national parks! When objects are successfully found and photographed at the National Gallery of Art; and the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum and National Museum of Natural History, a virtual passport stamp from parks across the country is unlocked.

    To participate, download the scavenger hunt app Klickaklu from the Apple iTunes Store. Open the app, click on "Play a Hunt" and select "Centennial Scavenger Hunt" the list of Nearby Hunts.

    Organic Act at the National Archives. National Archives 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation creating a new federal agency, the National Park Service, to oversee the nation's 35 (at the time) national parks. Known as the "Organic Act," the original signed legislation is on display at the National Archives through August 31 and National Park Service rangers will be on hand to discuss the act and its significance. National Archives, East Hall (last entry at 5 p.m.)

    Road Trip with FDR - FDR Memorial, 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. This 30-minute ranger-led program will reveal how, in early April of 1933, one month after Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd president of the United States, an afternoon driving excursion to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia created an opportunity for Horace Albright, the director of the National Park Service, that led to a decision that would ultimately make the National Park Service a truly national organization.

    Celebrate 100 Years with Music, Comedy and Beers. Constitution Gardens, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join the National Park Service for a hip, high-energy evening program and beer garden featuring live entertainment celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service. Comedian Ryan Singer emcees a line-up that includes D.C. power pop band Jukebox the Ghost, Baltimore alternative rock band The Last Year, and comedian Yoram Bauman. Enjoy refreshments in the beer garden (21+ only). Gates open at 5 p.m., entertainment starts at 6 p.m. Constitution Gardens.


    Centennial Celebration.

    Date/Time: August 25, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
    Location: San Juan Islands National Monument, English Camp.
    Event: National Park Service, Coast Salish and Straits People, and the Public will come together to honor our youth who are the Keepers of the Tradition and the Protectors of the Circle of Life. A gift of a Reef Net Captain Totem Pole (carved by Charles Elliott, WSANEC) and two salmon story boards (carved by Jewell James, Lummi) will be donated to the National Park Service and erected at English Camp. The totem pole and story boards represent the eternal gift of the Spirit of the Sxwo'le/SXOLE's desire for peace, unity, balance and sustainability.




    Founder's Day.

    Date/Time: August 25, 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
    Event: Celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore!




    TRNP Quarter Launch & 100th Birthday Celebration.

    Date/Time: August 25, 10:00 a.m.
    Location: Theodore Roosevelt National Park
    Event: The United States Mint joined by National Park Service officials will launch the Theodore Roosevelt National Park quarter, the 34th coin in the bureau's America the Beautiful Quarters Program. Join us at Painted Canyon Visitor Center, I-94 Exit 32. Parking will be extremely limited. Free shuttle service from the Medora Musical Hill departs at 8:00 a.m., 8:40 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. MT. Free shuttle service from the parks Cottonwood Campground departs at 8:00 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. Return trips will follow the ceremony.




    History of the NPS at Thomas Edison NHP:

    Date/Time: August 25
    Location: Thomas Edision NHP
    Event: Many people are surprised to find out Thomas Edison National Historical Park falls under the umbrella of the National Park Service. Join Collections Manager Joan Harris-Rico on this, the National Park Service's 100th birthday, for a photographic history of the NPS stewardship of Thomas Edison's Laboratory and Home.




    National Park Service Birthday Weekend

    Date/Time: August 25-28
    Location: Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
    Event: Centennial Activities (fees waived) -Wilson's Creek National Battlefield will be presenting a variety of programs about the National Park Service and the Battle of Wilson's Creek during the National Park Service Centennial. During this 4-day period, entrance fees will be waived at all national park sites, including Wilson's Creek NB.

    Thursday, August 25: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.NEW Missouri National Parks Passport available. Stop by the Visitor Center and learn about this brand new program promoting Missouri's six NPS sites.

    10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tours of the historic Ray House.
    10 a.m.- 12 p.m.Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony Help us welcome 60 new American citizens.
    1 p.m.- 4 p.m. "Exploring YOUR National Parks" programs will be presented in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room.
    7:10 p.m. Wilson's Creek night at the Springfield Cardinals game Contact the Cardinals box office for tickets.

    Friday, August 26: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Toursof the historic Ray House
    1 p.m.- 4 p.m. "Exploring YOUR National Parks" programs will be presented in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room.
    7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. "The National Parks: America's Best Idea!" Enjoy an evening Ranger program at Tour Road Stop 5
    Saturday, August 27: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tours of the historic Ray House
    1 p.m.- 4 p.m. "Exploring YOUR National Parks" programs will be presented in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room.
    2 p.m. Guest speaker Michael Price will present an illustrated program in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room. "Mark Well the Spot Where They Meet" is a history of Wilson's Creek battlefield from 1861 to the present. Mr. Price is a local history librarian at the Springfield-Greene County Library Center.
    11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Artillery firing demonstrations at Tour Road Stop 5. Demonstrations on the hour.
    7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. "The National Parks: America's Best Idea!" Enjoy an evening Ranger program at Tour Road Stop 5

    Sunday, August 25: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Toursof the historic Ray House
    1 p.m.- 4 p.m. "Exploring YOUR National Parks" programs will be presented in the Visitor Center multi-purpose room.
    7:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. "The National Parks: America's Best Idea!" Enjoy an evening Ranger program at Tour Road Stop 5




Photos of 1916 Parks

Hawaii Volcanoes