News Release

National Park Service and National Park Foundation to Celebrate the NPS 101st Birthday With Free Admission and Parks 101 Ongoing Content Series

A group of kids dancing on the grounds of a historic fort
Parks across the country are hosting fun events to celebrate the 101st birthday of the National Park Service.

NPS Photo / Fort Stanwix National Monument

News Release Date: August 23, 2017

Contact: Elizabeth Stern, National Park Service, 202-513-7269

Contact: Alanna Sobel, National Park Foundation, 202-796-2538

Contact: Ryan Hallett, GREY, 212-546-2598

Parks 101 celebrates the National Park Service milestone and inspires all people to discover lesser-known sites, stories, and experiences across the National Park System

WASHINGTON – To celebrate the 101st birthday of the National Park Service on August 25, 2017, the NPS and the National Park Foundation are inviting visitors of all ages to #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque with free admission to the more than 400 national parks across the country. In addition, to have a little fun with the 101st birthday, a special Parks 101 content series is highlighting lesser-known parks, stories, and experiences through social media.
Special Events and Free Admission
With 417 parks across the country, plus national trails, rivers, heritage areas, and more, there are countless ways to celebrate the 101st birthday of the National Park Service. Many parks and programs are planning special events, including:  
Park entrance fees will be waived nationwide on August 25 to encourage everyone to celebrate the NPS 101st birthday. Usually, 118 of the 417 national parks charge entrance fees that range from $3 to $30.The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.
“From New York to Topeka to Honolulu and places in between, parks are in all corners of the United States and four U.S. territories,” said Acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds. “Our 101st birthday is the perfect time to explore parks and stories that may be new to you -- whether it’s a park in your community or across the country.”
A Birthday Twist! Parks 101 in Haiku
Through social media, parks as well as NPS programs, partners, and the public are invited to share their own national park stories and experiences -- and for the NPS 101st birthday there will be a special twist. Can you do it in haiku? Haiku is Japanese verse in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables, and line three has 5 syllables. Some fun examples include:  
The entire parks community is invited to share their creative inspirations via their favorite social media platforms and use #Parks101 in their posts.
Parks 101
As part of the celebration, the National Park Foundation, which will commemorate 50 years of being the national nonprofit partner to the National Park Service in December, also launched a Parks 101 content series, exploring lesser-known stories and experiences from America’s national parks.
An extension of the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque movement, Parks 101 marks the 101st year of the National Park Service.
Kicking off during National Park Week last April, some examples of the content include:  
“One of the amazing things about the National Park System is that there is always something new to learn, something new to experience, and something new to explore,” said Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation. “Parks 101 entices people to get out there and give that ‘something new’ a shot, sparking a lifelong love for our national parks.”
Be part of the celebration and join the conversation using #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque, and #Parks101 on social media.
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at, on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at

Last updated: August 23, 2017