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Photo above: World War II Memorial with the Washington Monument on the National Mall. Many of the parks and monuments along the National Mall and around the District of Columbia were part within one of the government agencies on the date of the National Park Service creation, August 25, 1816, and all transferred to the NPS during the reorganization of 1933. Right: Just one spectacular scene from Yellowstone National Park, the oldest National Park.


National Park Service 100th Anniversary

  • National Capital Parks, National Mall 100th Events

    The various monument and parks in the District of Columbia will be finalizing their 2016 events soon. For now, there is one 2016 event on the calendar that are considered part of the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary celebrations. Stop back for more info on time and place when they become available.

    2016 Events

    Flora of the National Parks

    Date/Time: February 16, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
    Location: US Botanic Garden.
    Event: In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this art exhibit will showcase some of the diverse plant species and communities found throughout the more than 400 national parks. Exhibit runs through Oct. 2.

    2016 National Parks BioBlitz, A Centennial Celebration of the National Park Service

    Date/Time: May 20-21, Time TBD.
    Location: National Mall.
    Event: Celebrates 100 years of service and conservation by looking at biodiversity across our nation. The 2016 National BioBlitz will consist of a major BioBlitz, co-hosted by the National Park Service and the National Geographic Society, at parks in and around Washington, D.C. with an accompanying Biodiveristy Festival on the National Mall at Constitution Gardens.

    Blossoms at Twilight

    Date/Time: July 22, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 pm.
    Location: Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens.
    Event: stroll the gardens and hear special Ranger programs during the cooler evening hours. Over 27 varieties of water lily bloom at twilight including the famous "Kenilworth Comet" and the historic "Victoria Regia" - named after Queen Victoria. During the evening hours, blossoms range from white through purple and look like a painting from Monet. In addition to the color, visitors will smell the perfume of hundreds of blossoms. The NPS even took care of the mosquito problem as each pond is stocked with special mosquito-eating fish! Activities for toddlers includes: make your own lotus and coloring with pastels.

    National Public Lands Day

    Date/Time: September 24, Time: TBD.
    Location: Various.
    Event: National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. On NPLD more than 200,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated at more than 2,500 public land sites in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seven federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional and local governments participate in the annual day of caring for public lands.

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