Lives of Consequence

Three exceptional men from Dayton, Ohio, Wilbur Wright, Orville Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar, found their creative outlet here through accomplishments and failures, and finally success. However, these men offered the world something far greater, they offered the world hope, and the ability to take a dream and make it a reality.
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Happy Birthday to Us!

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Enjoy this birthday video as we celebrate 100 years of serving the American public and protecting our precious resources throughout this majestic land.  Join us and help celebrate our first 100 years and stay with us to help protect and preserve your national parks for the next 100!

A Call to Action: #5 - Parks for People

A replica Wright brothers plane flies low to the ground with trees in the background

Park Information

Before you leave your house, let us help you make your plans for your visit. Information on park hours and events can also be found here.

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Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center

The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center is one of two visitor centers in Dayton. This visitor center is located near downtown Dayton.

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Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site

The Paul Laurence Dunbar House Historic Site now offers free tours and admission when open.

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Park Calendar

See what events are coming up at the park with the searchable park calendar.

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Where's Wilbear?

Wilbear Wright, the official ambassador to the park, needs your help as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service!

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Let us help you get to the park with directions to the park's visitor centers and the Paul Laurence Dunbar house.

School kids on a field trip to the park

Parks as Classrooms

Educators, supplement your classroom learning when you visit the Education section for free, downloadable curriculum materials.

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Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Program

Teachers, ever thought about working in a national park for the summer? Learn what opportunities exist for you at Dayton's national park.

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Become a Junior Ranger

Opportunities for kids to earn their very own Junior Ranger badge exist at both visitor centers and the Paul Laurence Dunbar house.

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Centennial Junior Ranger

The limited edition Centennial Jr. Ranger badges are now available! Complete the booklet to earn your very own!

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Every Kid In A Park Pass

4th graders can now earn their free parks pass! This special pass waives entry fees to thousands of federal sites in the United States.

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Bike with a Ranger

The Bike with a Ranger program is back for another fantastic year! See what tours we have lined up for this year.

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Explore Dayton's Aviation Places

Whether you walk, run or hike to Dayton's aviation places, you can earn an official Aviation Trail water bottle.

Katherine Wright (left) and Harriet Sillman (right)

People, Places & Stories

Learn about the intriguing people, the historic places and the cherished stories that make up this park.

The print shop where the Wright brothers worked before their aviation days

History & Culture

The print shop on Third and Williams streets in Dayton, Ohio where the Wright brothers worked prior to their bicycle and aviation days.

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The Photography of Wilbur & Orville

Witness Orville and Wilbur Wright's life through their camera lens as the photos of the brothers are publicly displayed.

Replica 1902 glider in the visitor center

Official Park Photos

Photos grouped together in multiple galleries for viewing and downloading as well as the NPS Museum online database photos.

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Volunteers In Parks

Looking for a rewarding and memorable experience? Become a Volunteer In Park (VIP) and help us fulfill our mission.

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We can't do it alone. Therefore, the park is fortunate to have lasting affiliations with many partners who help us in our mission.

The Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center and NPS Law Enforcement badge

Laws & Policies

Important information about the laws and policies pertaining to firearms and concealed carry in the park units.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

16 South Williams Street
Dayton, OH 45402


(937) 225-7705
Main park phone number.

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