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. Mammoth Cave National 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!
Mammoth Cave NP hosted it first Mammothon on June 21– hopefully the first of many more to come. The 24-mile Mammothon is the one triathlon in the world to feature a hike, bike ride, and underground cave hike. Read more
Edmonson County (Kentucky) 4th graders spent a week at Mammoth Cave National Park as Early Explorers. It was the Early Explorers summer day camp, presented by the park’s environmental education rangers and supported by the Friends of Mammoth Cave in June 2015. The summer day camps are the top priority of the park’s anniversary projects. Read more
How do bat researchers learn about the small mysterious creatures of the night? With cool, geeky bat monitoring equipment, like night-vision goggles and acoustic recorders, of course. How do you take the mystery out of bats? By inviting people to be bat geeks on International Bat Night at Mammoth Cave National Park. Read more
This summer, 24 sixth, seventh, and eighth graders from the Dayton Regional STEM School in Kettering, Ohio, completed an intensive, hands-on, three-week course focused on the science and history of Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. The Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning facilitated their trip and literally immersed the students in caves, ponds, and research through citizen science. Read more