Last updated: February 26, 2015
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 FindYourPark.com (and EncuentraTuParque.com) 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!
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 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
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
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
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