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Pinnacles National Park

Photo above: Pinnacles National Park. One of the original thirty-three national parks in the National Park Service on its date of August 25, 1916, previously in Agriculture Department since 1910. Right: Just one spectacular scene from Yellowstone National Park, the oldest National Park.


National Park Service 100th Anniversary

  • Pinnacles 100th Events

    Pinnacles National Park are holding a variety of events celebrating the National Park Service Cenntennial in 2016. Listed below are the main park celebrations surrounding service to the park on various days throughout the Centennial year. Addtional events may be added.

    2016 Events

    August 20, September 24, October 22 - Centennial Days of Service
    Time: Upcoming.
    Location: Pinnacles National Park.
    Event: Come out, volunteer and help National Park Service staff celebrate various days throughout the year by assisting with a variety of service projects. These events are part of Pinnacles' Centennial Days of Service where volunteers help with litter abatement, non-native plant control, seed collection, and trail work. Come prepared for a day of work with sturdy closed-toed shoes, long pants, a water bottle, sunscreen and a great attitude!

    Saturdays January 23 to June 4 - Night Hike
    Time: Upcoming.
    Location: Various, Pinnacles National Park.
    Event: Night Hikes are offered weekly on Saturday evenings. Locations and start times vary. All night hikes are limited to 20 people, call 831-389-4485 to inquire about this week's logistics and to make a reservation. Topics include the night sky, owls, bats, and history.

    Sundays February 14 to June 5 - Centennial Climber Coffee
    Time: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
    Location: Bear Gulch Nature Center.
    Event: Sunday mornings at Bear Gulch, climbers will find complimentary coffee in honor of the National Park Service's Centennial. Get caffeinated, stay hydrated.

    Sundays January 24 to December 25 - Sunday Morning Bird Walks
    Time: TBD.
    Location: Pinnacles East Visitor Center.
    Event: Ecotones are where two or more habitats meet. Sandy Creek is an ecotone and an excellent place to find a diversity of birds. Spring offers a chance to locals and rare migrants.

    May 21-22 - Centennial Days of Service- Centennial BioBlitz
    Time: Upcoming.
    Location: Pinnacles National Park.
    Event: Come out, volunteer and help National Park Service staff celebrate biodiversity! To better understand, appreciate, and protect these natural treasures, parks will host a 24-hour BioBlitz species counts and biodiversity festival on Saturday, May 21 and 22, 2016. Pinnacles will be one of the sites to conduct expert-led species inventories to discover, count, map, and learn about the parks' diverse flora and fauna. Advance registration to join an inventory team is required, and inventory spots are limited.

    April 2 - Stargazing with the San Jose Astronomical Association
    Time: TBD.
    Location: Pinnacles West Visitor Center.
    Event: Stargazing at Pinnacles is quickly becoming a signature experience. The best night sky in central California comes alive when the sun goes down. Find yourself among the stars!

    Saturdays thru 12/24 - Campfire Evenings
    Time: 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Pinnacles Campground Amphitheater.
    Event: Rangers provide interpretive experiences that help us find meaning in Pinnacles' cast of characters. Topics vary buy may include: rocks, bats, birds, lions, snakes, and humans past, present, and future. On rainy nights, the programs are held at the Bear Gulch Nature Center.

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Photos of 1916 Parks