National Park Service Turns 97 On Sunday

On Sunday the National Park Service will turn 97, and for park visitors that means a day without entrance fees.

“National parks belong to all Americans, and we invite everyone to join us and celebrate this special day,” Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in a release. “From kite-building demonstrations at Wright Brothers National Memorial, to a river paddle at New River Gorge National River or a scenic railroad ride at Steamtown National Historic Site, America’s national parks offer something for the whole family.”

With the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, the Park Service has created an online hub to help you plan your personal National Park Service birthday trip: www.npsbirthday.org. At the site you can share birthday wishes or stories, pictures, or video from your latest or favorite national park adventure.

If you can’t make it to a park for the big day there are still many ways you can join the fun. The work of the Park Service extends beyond park boundaries into communities across the country. The Park Service works with partners to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities that revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life. Go to www.nps.gov/communities/states.htm to see how the agency is helping in your community.