NPS Centennial

The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016, and the entire year was quite a celebration! Throughout 2016, hundreds of millions of you ventured out to Find Your Park-learning, discovering, getting inspired, or simply having fun in national parks. Thank you for joining us!

The Find Your Park party will continue in 2017 as we invite you to continue your own journey to discover national parks and public lands. Share your stories at (and and with #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque on social media.

National parks across the system engaged in a variety of activities to prepare for and celebrate the centennial. Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site was a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we did and join us as the National Park Service enters a new century in 2017!


Call to Action Projects 

  • 1840s Are Alive Again: 2015 Fur Trade Symposium at Bent’s Fort

    Many people in the plaza of Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in partnership with many other sponsors presented the 2015 Fur Trade Symposium from September 23 to September 26, 2015. More than 175 registered participants took part in this year’s event which also included period music presentations in the evening, field trips to area fur trade sites, and a performance by the Koshare Dancers of La Junta. The symposium culminated with a banquet and fandango in the fort plaza attended by 300. Read more

  • NPS Historicorps

    Five men working at Bents Old Fort

    The National Park Service, through Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, in partnership with Lamar Community College and the non-profit group HistoriCorps, sponsored a hands-on field school for students this summer.  From July 14 to August 14, 2014, students from the college’s Historic Preservation Program worked with NPS staff to complete on-going preservation work on the fort. Read more

  • Immersion Education Initiative Launched Project Centered on Bent's Old Fort NHS

    Students gathering and plotting measurements

    Students from local high schools are gathering data as the first step towards their Immersive Learning Project. Students are constructing Bent's Fort using Mindcraft. The final project will consist of a complete virtual Bent's Fort. Read more

  • Runners Race Around Bent's Old Fort

    Runners pass by the front of Bent's Old Fort

    La Junta Junior/Senior High Cross Country Meet was held at Bent's Old Fort NHS on Thursday, October 3, 2014. Over 100 runners and about 200 spectators enjoyed the historic and natural setting of the park on a beautiful fall afternoon. Read more

  • Students Live the Life of the Frontier Trading Post

    Students assist with the skinning of a deer.

    High school students assist with the skinning of a deer as part of their living history experience. The students worked 2 days, with 1840s instruction, living the life of a craftsman, trader, domestic or trapper-hunter. Read more

A Call to Action Projects for Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

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