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. Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing and get involved!



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Call to Action Projects 

  • Battle of Bladensburg Dodgeball

    Kids play a game of Battle of Bladensburg dodgeball.

    The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay teaches Anne Arundel County youth about two national historic trails. Read more

  • Star-Spangled Banner Trail Stewards Blaze The Way

    New Star-Spangled Banner Trail Stewards take the flag to Patterson Park in Baltimore City

    5th graders in Baltimore, Maryland blazed the way as the first Trail Stewards on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail Read more

  • The Virtual Resource Center for Teachers

    A screenshot of one of the interactive features on the Virtual Resource Center --

    To help teachers provide every student with a star-spangled experience, the NPS Chesapeake Bay Office partnered with Maryland Public Television, the Friends of Fort McHenry, and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority to create a one-stop shop for lesson plans, curricula, and interactive games all about the War of 1812. Read more

  • Teaching the Teachers

    Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Ruth Goodlaxson makes a presentation of educational resources to teachers gathered at the symposium.

    The War of 1812 is sometimes referred to as "the forgotten war". Even in the Chesapeake, where many of the skirmishes, raids, battles, and encounters between British troops and American citizens happened, the stories and places commemorated on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail are not well known. In July, 2012, thirty "ambassador" teachers participated in a residential seminar -- and will take these lessons home to their own schools. Read more

  • Chesapeake Youth Corps Work, Play, and Learn on the Trail

    Chesapeake Youth Corps participating in the flag ceremony at the launch of the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail on July 30, 2012.

    NPS CHBA and partner Parks & People Foundation are working together to engage youth in stewardship, learning, and playing on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail in their hometown of Baltimore, MD. Read more

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