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. Independence National Historical Park 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 

  • Speak Out! Teen Leadership Camp

    Park Ranger with teens and Thomas Jefferson pose for a picture.

    Speak Out! Teen leadership camp is an exciting new collaboration between the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA "Y Achievers" program and the National Park Service. Held in the park from August 1 through August 5, this program introduced 20 teens to the causes and leaders woven throughout the park’s stories and sites. These stories and site visits served to inspire the teens as they thought about ways to improve their own communities. Read more

  • Independence NHP Pilots STEAM Programming with St. Mary’s Interparochial School

    Park Ranger with students making filters out of plastic 2 liter bottles

    St. Mary’s students (grades 5-8) participating in their afterschool STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) program visited Independence National Historical Park several times throughout the 2015-2016 school year for a STEAM lesson inspired by a visit to a park site. The combination of history and hands-on science provided a unique experience for the students, and proved to be a great opportunity for the park to explore science programming. Read more

  • Deputy Director Peggy O’Dell Celebrates “International Women’s Day” at PA Flower Show

    Two National Park Service park rangers on stage looking at large screen with park ranger on video call

    On Tuesday, March 8th, Deputy Director Peggy O’Dell joined other rangers at the Philadelphia Flower Show to celebrate “International Women’s Day.” NPS programs during the day highlighted women’s history and included a panel discussion with Deputy Director O’Dell, Rosie the Riveter National Historical Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin, and First State National Historical Park Ranger Lorin Felter. Read more

  • Independence Engages the Next Generation of Park Stewards

    Students in semi-circle look at ideas on post it notes with Park Ranger in uniform.

    Ten middle school students from the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania enjoyed a whole school year helping Independence National Historical Park staff test new lesson plans. The end result? Some great Common Core-based lesson plans and a cohort of new park stewards. Read more

  • NPS Provides Learning Experiences for Students at Spring Garden Elementary School

    Students, park employees and representatives from Duffy Books pose for a group picture

    The National Park Service in Philadelphia, PA led a Junior Ranger Program for the fifth grade students at Spring Garden Elementary School for over twenty years. These 5th grade students are enrolled as Junior Rangers at their closest national park, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. Read more

A Call to Action Projects for Independence National Historical Park

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143 S. 3rd Street
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