What will you discover when you Find Your Park?

Divers in Dry Tortugas
NPS photo.

August 2015

From the breathtaking mountain peaks of Denali to the crystal clear waters of Dry Tortugas, there are many opportunities to explore nature in our national parks. You could go for a strenuous hike if that's what you're after. Or spend a peaceful moment sitting on a bench and taking in the view. For almost 100 years, our parks have provided places for people to explore wilderness and reconnect with nature. And with each visit, an opportunity for discovery.

Our birthday is coming up and we want you to celebrate with us!

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service will turn 100 years old. As we approach this big day, we want to invite you to celebrate with us. Find your park, whether it is Yellowstone or Yosemite, or the garden in your backyard. Observe nature and take notice of the little things working together that make up our natural world.

In honor of our 99th birthday, we've created a list of 99 ways to Find Your Park. The list includes a variety of activities that you can do in nature parks, community parks, or anywhere in between! See the starry, starry night, become a citizen scientist, or see the sea. There's no shortage of ways to discover nature.

Share Your Story

However you decide to Find Your Park, we want to hear about it! Share your story on the Find Your Park website. We want to know how your experience inspired you. You just may inspire someone else!

On your next visit to your park, feed your curiosity and ask questions. You may surprise yourself with what you find! After all, as John Muir once said, "In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks."

— Ray Sauvajot 
Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science