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 FindYourPark.com.

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. Independence National Historical Park is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!

 

Experiences 



Call to Action Projects 

  • Independence Engages the Next Generation of Park Stewards

    Students in semi-circle look at ideas on post it notes with Park Ranger in uniform.

    Ten middle school students from the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania enjoyed a whole school year helping Independence National Historical Park staff test new lesson plans. The end result? Some great Common Core-based lesson plans and a cohort of new park stewards. Read more

  • NPS Provides Learning Experiences for Students at Spring Garden Elementary School

    Students, park employees and representatives from Duffy Books pose for a group picture

    The National Park Service in Philadelphia, PA led a Junior Ranger Program for the fifth grade students at Spring Garden Elementary School for over twenty years. These 5th grade students are enrolled as Junior Rangers at their closest national park, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. Read more

  • Independence National Historical Park helps “Spark” students

    Park employee shaking hands with student who is giving thumbs up sign

    Independence National Historical Park hosted three Spark students in internships at the park. Spark’s mission is to provide life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States is accomplished by matching 7th and 8th graders with mentors working in career fields aligned with the students’ strengths and interests. Read more

  • Benjamin Franklin Museum Re-Opened in Independence National Historical Park

    Benjamin Franklin Museum exhibit panel featuring Franklin's image in the foreground; museum in the background.

    Independence National Historical Park reopened the Benjamin Franklin Museum on August 24, 2013, after a two year renovation. Located in the internationally acclaimed Franklin Court, the museum focuses on Franklin's character traits, and how his ideas are still relevant today. Read more

  • Park and Students Team Up for Second Year of Project Write

    A group of teens sing on Independence Square, with one girl holding papers above her head while another holds a poster with the words

    Highlights of the second year of Project Write summer camp for teens included a "flash mob" style reading of the Declaration of Independence on Independence Square, and a pizza lunch with acclaimed teen lit author Kekla Magoon. A partnership between the park and the Philadelphia Writing Project, this writing enrichment camp engages students with place-based experiences and an opportunity to share out through blogging, tweeting and photography. Read more

A Call to Action Projects for Independence National Historical Park

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