NPS Centennial

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. As we lead up to the centennial, we invite you to participate in Find Your Park Experiences to learn, discover, be inspired, or simply have fun in national parks. Find Your Park Experiences offer unique opportunities to explore national parks both in person and online. Check out the experiences in this park or search all experiences to identify an opportunity that matches your interests. You can also share your national park story at

A Call to Action remains the foundation for our 2016 centennial preparations. It is the National Park Service's blueprint for the future, outlining the innovative work we want to accomplish. Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!



Call to Action Projects 

  • “Kids in Kayaks” kicks off in Baltimore

    Mount Washington Middle School Students gather to celebrate a successful day on the water in Baltimore.

    Multiple NPS partners begin a “Kids in Kayaks” program to give students their first on-the-water experiences in a city known for its maritime heritage and commemorated in two national historic trails. Read more

  • NPS Youth Program Instrumental on National Historic Trail

    Youth building a floating dock

    NPS youth program intern and participants build another access point to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail - this time on an important tributary in the nation's capital. Read more

  • Building the John Smith Trail on the James River

    Chickahominy River pier on the John Smith Trail

    Many state and local partners and non-profit organizations are working with NPS to give visitors access to the beauty of Chesapeake waters and landscapes along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Read more

  • Win-Win: Youth Conservation Crews work on John Smith Trail

    The Youth Conservation Corps team at their work site at Chippokes Plantation State Park in Virginia, 2011.

    In Virginia along the James River, in the summer of 2011 and 2012, several Youth Conservation Corps teams spent many weeks and logged many hours on trail building projects. Read more

  • Secretary Salazar Designates 4 Connecting Component River Trails

    Secretary Ken Salazar signs the document designating four connecting components to the John Smith Trail.

    In May, 2012, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail was extended an additional 841 miles by the designation of four historic connecting components on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and New York, the Upper Nanticoke River in Delaware, the Upper James River in Virginia, and the Chester River in Maryland. Governors of all five states support the designation, as do local groups including American Indian tribes and descendant communities. Read more

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