In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, America invites the world to discover the meaning of national parks to their lives and inspires people to both experience and become devoted to these special places.
On the August 25, 2006 – the 90th anniversary of the National Park Service – Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne the National Park Centennial Initiative to prepare national parks for another century of conservation, preservation and enjoyment. Since then the National Park Service asked citizens, park partners and experts and other stakeholders what they envisioned for a second century of national parks.
A nationwide series of more than 40 listening sessions produced more than 6,000 comments that helped to shape five centennial goals. The goals and vision were presented to President Bush and to the American people on May 31st in a report called The Future of America's National Parks (PDF, 3.0 MB).
Staff at every national park created local centennial strategies to describe their vision and desired accomplishments by 2016. The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area identified priorities and opportunities that reinforce and celebrate this important place on the Mississippi River. This is just the first year, and there are many great things to come as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate 100 years!
To keep up with the Centennial Initiative and to experience the interactive version of The Future of America’s National Parks and special features please visit the centennial website at www.nps.gov/2016.