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!
The World of World Heritage awaits. Get out and explore the 22 World Heritage Sites in the United States and see what makes these protected areas unique. Find out why the World has recognized them as being the most significant cultural and natural sites on the planet. Read more
Get to know the real Ben Franklin as you explore the streets and sites of his Philadelphia neighborhood. Read more
Although the Liberty Bell no longer rings, scientists have been able to recreate its sound through computer modeling. Read more
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 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
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
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
Independence National Historical Park and the Independence Visitor Center Corporation teamed up to reduce the carbon footprint at the Independence Visitor Center. Through an improved Building Automation System, redistribution fans, and a cogeneration plant, the park and its partner are working toward certification of the Independence Visitor Center as a Energy Star rated and LEED certified building. Read more