Find Your Park and Celebrate the 99th Birthday of the National Park Service

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Date: August 18, 2015
Contact: John Kelly, 207-288-8703

The National Park Service is turning 99 years old on August 25, and Acadia National Park is celebrating with free admission! Entrance fees will be waived for all visitors on August 25. Come enjoy Acadia's spectacular landscape and miles of historic hiking trails, carriage roads, and scenic drives.

In preparation for next year's centennial celebration, the National Park Service is inviting everyone to Find Your Park. To encourage people to discover everything a park experience can be, there is a fun list of 99 ways to Find Your Park. Acadia is a great place to: #11 –Go on a ranger-led tour, #76 –Renew your spirit, #79 –See the starry, starry night, or #98 –Take a sunrise selfie. You can also share your park experience with others by posting on social media with the hashtag #FindYourPark.

"Acadia National Park offers something for everyone, and we look forward to celebrating the National Park Service's 99th birthday on August 25," said Superintendent Sheridan Steele.

On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service. Today, there are 408 national parks throughout the country and each one tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn. And, on August 25, all national parks will offer free entrance for everyone.

Acadia National Park was established in 1916 to preserve the outstanding resources and values of Maine's scenic coast.Last year, Acadia's visitation exceeded 2.56 million and contributed an estimated $271 million to the local economy, which supported about 3,500 jobs in the area. 

The mission of the National Park Service also extends beyond park boundaries. Community partnerships help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To see what is happening in Maine, go to:

For information about Acadia National Park, please visit call 207-288-3338.

Last updated: August 19, 2015

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