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 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. Gateway National Recreation Area 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 

  • Celebrating the International Migratory Bird Act with Citizen Science

    (L-R, clockwise from top left) Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Fire Island National Seashore, and Sandy Hook, NJ.

    Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the International Migratory Bird Act, four schools from New York City, Long Island and New Jersey, participated in our first citizen science bird behavior study: "Day in the life of our feathered friends." Read more

  • Your Park! Your Health!

    The 2013 Your Park Your Health crew

    With Your Park! Your Health!, Gateway National Recreation Area works with a team of multi-cultural college level interns who undergo concentrated training in outdoor leadership skills. Each student commits to a practice of daily nutrition and fitness activities geared to have a positive impact on physical health and overall well-being. As a team, the interns share with people of all ages and backgrounds, a multitude of life enhancing activities available at the park. Read more

  • ECOLife at Fort Wadsworth

    A group of students stand near the Verrazano bridge

    ECOlife brings sustainable living education programs to New York City students Read more

  • Growing a Wild Brooklyn and Queens

    A woman and young girl point at a flower.

    Twelve schools are participating in this year-long, multi-visit program in which students learn how to observe, monitor and record data about pollinator species found in Gateway National Recreation Area. Read more

  • Celebrating the Light

    Crowds line up for tours of the 250 year-old lighthouse

    The Sandy Hook Lighthouse was lighted for the first time on June 11, 1764, and to mark the historic occasion, the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area held a celebration event on June 14, 2014. Read more

A view of Battery Weed from the water of the New York Harbor.  Battery Weed was built to help defend New York city and is located within Fort Wadsworth.
Battery Weed from the water of the New York Harbor

NPS, John Warren

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016 and Gateway National Recreation Area will be celebrating all year long. We invite you to celebrate with us through an exciting menu of programs and activities. Help us kick off a second century of stewardship of America's national parks. Check out our events calendar and our program guides to learn about specific events at each unit. Find Your Park at Gateway!

Last updated: April 13, 2016

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