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. Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail 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 

  • “Kids in Kayaks” kicks off in Baltimore

    Mount Washington Middle School Students gather to celebrate a successful day on the water in Baltimore.

    Multiple NPS partners begin a “Kids in Kayaks” program to give students their first on-the-water experiences in a city known for its maritime heritage and commemorated in two national historic trails. Read more

  • NPS Youth Program Instrumental on National Historic Trail

    Youth building a floating dock

    NPS youth program intern and participants build another access point to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail - this time on an important tributary in the nation's capital. Read more

  • Building the John Smith Trail on the James River

    Chickahominy River pier on the John Smith Trail

    Many state and local partners and non-profit organizations are working with NPS to give visitors access to the beauty of Chesapeake waters and landscapes along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Read more

  • Win-Win: Youth Conservation Crews work on John Smith Trail

    The Youth Conservation Corps team at their work site at Chippokes Plantation State Park in Virginia, 2011.

    In Virginia along the James River, in the summer of 2011 and 2012, several Youth Conservation Corps teams spent many weeks and logged many hours on trail building projects. Read more

  • Secretary Salazar Designates 4 Connecting Component River Trails

    Secretary Ken Salazar signs the document designating four connecting components to the John Smith Trail.

    In May, 2012, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail was extended an additional 841 miles by the designation of four historic connecting components on the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania and New York, the Upper Nanticoke River in Delaware, the Upper James River in Virginia, and the Chester River in Maryland. Governors of all five states support the designation, as do local groups including American Indian tribes and descendant communities. Read more

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