NPS Centennial

What do National Parks mean to you?
Parks mean many things to many people—they are places of outdoor adventures, landscapes of respite and restoration, hallowed grounds of sacrifice, and sites that mark the most pivotal moments in our nation's history.

The National Park idea emerged 150 years ago during the Civil War when the nation was struggling over the moral imperative of equal rights for all, and the words of George Perkins Marsh were gaining fertile ground in the call to recognize the co-dependence of society and nature.

Frederick Billings nurtured the germ of the National Park idea when he commissioned photographer Carleton Watkins to document Yosemite Valley. Watkins' stunning photographs were sent to Washington and inspired a divided congress to join efforts in an unprecedented act to preserve an iconic landscape for all Americans. It would take another 50 years to officially establish the National Park Service.

As we prepare for the centennial anniversary in 2016, we are kicking off the celebration with a Find Your Park challenge. Together, with our many partners, we are offering a great diversity of programs for all ages. We also have a lineup of special events planned for each month where you can join us in exploring and celebrating your national park. If you only have a short time to spend with us, we have you covered there too! Stop by the visitor desk to plan your park experience with guides, adventure packs and, of course, the Junior Ranger discovery book.

We look forward to seeing you on the trails, in the gardens, sitting a spell on the porch, or at one of these programs…and on our Facebook page where you can tell us about your park adventures on Find Your Whatever you go, whatever you do—we invite you to Find Your Park!

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



  • Bioblitz @ Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP

    iNaturalist Vermont Atlas of Life

    Part Scientific endeavor, part festival, and part education, the BioBlitz event at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park will bring together teams of volunteer citizen scientists, families, students, teachers and other community members of all ages to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms as possible in one day at the park. Read more

  • Celebrate a Trek to Taste

    Youth at Trek to Taste event

    A celebration of trails, local food, and healthy living. Join us for guided walks starting at 10:30 and noon or grab a map and venture out on your own choose from four different hike options and along the way sample delicious, heart-healthy foods from local producers. Family games, crafts, demonstrations, ice cream social, music and more. For more information visit: Read more

  • Follow Robert Frost Poetry Trail

    Two Robert Frost Poems: The Sounds of Trees (stop #1) and Leaves Compared with Flowers (stop #5)

    Experience the poetry of this quintessential New England poet. Frost's words will enrich and enhance your experience as you explore this landscape that reflects a legacy of 150 years of stewardship and a story of conservation. Read more

  • Learn about 150 Years of Environmental Conservation

    Walkers on the historic carriage road trails

    Delve the stories, legacy and landscapes of 150 years of environmental conservation. Walk the park trails where three generations of conservationist thought and practice took shape. Get to know the histories of three quintessentially American families: Marsh, Billings & Rockefellers. Experience conservation stewardship in the modern context at the park, and gain an understanding of the ways in which humans can balance natural resource conservation in our 21st Century World. Read more

  • Raiders of the Lost Art Exhibit

    Raiders of the Lost Art Exhibit

    Be part of an exciting collaboration with our sister park Saint Gaudens National Historical Site (SAGA)! Through an online voting process on facebook, YOU can curate an exhibit to be featured at the park site in the Visitor Center. The dates of the physical exhibits at the parks are June 8-July 31, 2015. Read more

  • Walk for Wellness

    Youth walking in the park

    Adding a little physical activity to our day offers health benefits. It helps with weight control, builds stronger bones and muscles, can boost your mood and it’s fun. Our local trails are great for recreational walking for health. Meet park staff at the Woodstock Village Green every Wednesday at 5 pm in June and July for a one-hour walk. Read more

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