Assateague Island National Seashore 50th Anniversary Celebration


Assateague Island National Seashore turns the Big 5-0!

Groovy, baby! 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of Assateague Island National Seashore and everyone is invited to the party!

Our friends group, Assateague Island Alliance (AIA), is helping us celebrate our golden anniversary by sponsoring a variety of events. Break out your go-go boots, hula hoops and beach blankets and join us for some fun in the sun!

September 19-21
Join us for a fun-filled weekend of programs and activities for kids and families to enjoy in both the Maryland and Virginia districts of Assateague Island National Seashore.
Enjoy an Entrance Fee Free 3-day Weekend in the Maryland District on September 19, 20 and 21. On Saturday, September 19th in the Maryland District, join the Annual Coastal Clean-up at 8:30 am and then stay for our 50th Anniversary celebration from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Come out to North Ocean Beach day-use area in the national seashore for 1960's beach music with DJ Sky Brady, sand sculpturer George Zaiser, birthday cake, cupcakes and drinks, 1960's-era games for kids and families to play and be sure to sign our birthday card. Sunday, September 20th in the Maryland District offers a full day of programs including an aquarium talk, clamming and crabbing programs and a very special guest speaker, Eastern Shore local historian, Tom Wimbrow at 2:30 pm in the Environmental Education Center.
The Virginia District offers two fun-filled days of programs and activities on our Anniversary weekend. On Saturday, September 19th start the day off surf fishing or kayaking, stop in at the Toms Cove Visitor Center for a fascinating "Ocean Pharmacy" program, become an Assateague detective while searching for clues to solve beach mysteries and be sure to hang out for a special beach campfire with a "1960's flavor" complete with s'mores at 6:00 pm. On Sunday, September 20th join us for a morning bird walk or marine exploration, kayak the cove or stop by the visitor center throughout the day for a variety of critter and plant programs. Kayak trips are $20 per person and require reservations, all other programs are free. Entrance fees are in effect in the Virginia District.

What Did President Johnson Say?
Read the remarks of President Lyndon B. Johnson at the signing ceremony for Assateague Island Seashore National Park bill. His remarks on conservation are still relevant 50 years later!

Last updated: April 15, 2018

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