What does the future hold for national parks? In eight years the National Park Service will celebrate 100 years of preservation and protection of America's icons, natural wonders and most special places. Places such as the Grand Canyon, the White House, Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, and of course the Teton Range remain protected for the enjoyment of visitors today and in the future. What would this country be like without these unique sites? How would we connect to our history without experiencing these national treasures? The Centennial Initiative will impact our experiences and the future of the National Park System.
Can you think of 10 national park sites? Do you know what national parks reside closest to your community? What can you do to help preserve your national parks? Learn more about your national parks here.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, America invites the world to discover the meaning of national parks to their lives and inspires people to both experience and become devoted to these special places.
On the August 25, 2006 - the 90th anniversary of the National Park Service - Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne announced the National Park Centennial Initiative to prepare national parks for another century of conservation, preservation and enjoyment. Since then the National Park Service has asked citizens, park partners, experts and other stakeholders what they envisioned for a second century of national parks.
Every national park staff took their lead from this report and created local centennial strategies to describe their vision and desired accomplishments by 2016. This is just the first year, and there are many great things to come as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate 100 years!
What will the National Park Service achieve under the direction of the President's Centennial Initiative? By 2016, the National Park Service will:
What will Grand Teton National Park do to meet these national goals? Grand Teton projects include:
To read the full report on how Grand Teton National Park will meet Centennial Iniative goals click here.