Saturday, August 15, 2015

Mark Your Calendar And #FindYourPark- Fee Free Day August 25th!

On August 25th, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act creating the National Park Service (NPS), a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established (now there are 408 national parks!). To celebrate the upcoming centennial of NPS in 2016, the National Park Foundation (NPF) launched their Find Your Park campaign to encourage everyone to get up, get out there and #FindYourPark - no matter your interest.

Founders’ Day also marks fee free day to all national parks. Get into any National Park FREE on August 25th!

1 Go climbing
2 Write poetry
3 Be an urban hiker
5 Dance
6 Learn about climate change
7 Discover a culture new to you
8 Experience silence
10 Find inspiration in the story of a civil rights leader
11 Go on a ranger-led tour #rangerspointingatthings
12 Hug a tree
13 Make a memory
14 Earn a Jr. Ranger badge
15 Relax on the banks of a scenic river
16 Celebrate innovation
17 Find life in a desert
18 Get inspired by a First Lady
19 Stand on a mountaintop
20 Bring a kid to a park
21 Paddle a water trail
22 Take a photo that matches a historic one #retrogram
23 Try something new
24 Channel your inner Bill Nye - become a citizen scientist
25 Walk a historic main street
26 Find your park in Spanish #encuentratuparque
27 Explore a cave
28 Go green
29 Brush up your national park trivia skills
31 Make art in a park
32 Celebrate Native American heritage
33 Come sail away
34 Take a picnic and dine al fresco
35 Be bear aware
36 Hit the road
37 Enlighten yourself at a historic lighthouse
38 Go biking
39 Explore Asian American and Pacific Islander culture in America
40 Feel the sand between your toes
42 Learn about endangered species
43 Join us
44 Follow NPS on social media
45 Follow the footsteps of a woman who made history
46 Get in the know about H2O
47 Bee pollinator friendly
49 Catch a wave
50 Immerse yourself in a living history program
52 Get prehistoric
53 Improve your health - get a park Rx
55 Get reel - Visit a park featured in your favorite movie
56 Join a trail clean-up
57 See the sea
58 Discover a traditional tribal cultural practice
60 Mail a postcard
61 Discover history around you
62 Make new friends
63 Raft down a river
64 Pay your respects at a national cemetery
66 Take a mini-cruise
67 Plan ahead and prepare
68 Walk nature's treadmill
69 Pose for a family photo in a park
70 Recognize women who made history
71 Reflect on our most difficult stories
73 Ride on a historic carousel
74 Run
75 See history from a different perspective
76 Renew your spirit
77 See how NPS helps transform your community
78 Go fish
79 See the starry, starry night
80 Make a splash
81 Share a #tbt park photo
82 Discover the beauty of our nation's other public lands
83 Sleep outside
84 Spread the love - thank a park volunteer
85 Plan the best field trip ever
87 Trash Your Trash
88 Find a monument and decode history
89 Travel the Underground Railroad
90 Use the buddy system!
92 Wander an American battlefield
93 Watch wildlife
94 Take a deep breath
95 Go wild: Experience wilderness
96 Use a national park lesson plan
97 Play
98 Take a sunrise selfie

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