Point Reyes National Seashore Celebrates NPS Centennial Accomplishments

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Date: December 27, 2016
Contact: John A. Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135

POINT REYES STATION -- As the National Park Service (NPS) embarks on its second century of service, Point Reyes National Seashore is celebrating the significant accomplishments of its centennial celebration and engagement with the Find Your Park / Encuentra Tu Parque initiative.

Point Reyes National Seashore Programs Contributed to Overall Success of the NPS Centennial
Across the country, centennial programs resulted in a significant level of public interest and social media engagement with the National Park Service and National Park Foundation (NPF). The NPS, the NPF, and partners across nationwide reached hundreds of millions of people with the centennial’s Find Your Park message, and engaged the public in the NPS stewardship mission.

The Find Your Park campaign has resonated particularly well with younger audiences, which NPS and NPF targeted since they will be the next generation of national park visitors and stewards. Millennials are increasingly familiar with the Find Your Park campaign, and NPS youth programs were a key component of NPS and NPF centennial engagement.

"I like to say the NPS is the only federal agency with a mandate to ensure the public has fun, and the centennial has been a lot of fun," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "But more importantly, it has inspired and engaged a new generation to take on the mantle of responsibility for the most important places and stories that define us as citizens of the United States of America."

Looking Ahead: Find Your Park in 2017 and Preparing for a Second Century of Service
Planning is underway to build on the success of Find Your Park / Encuentra Tu Parque as the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation, and other partners will continue the campaign’s momentum in 2017. The Find Your Park movement will continue to engage new audiences, especially around significant moments, including National Park Week in April and the NPS 101st birthday in August. Throughout the year, the NPS and its partners will invite the public to explore parks they haven’t yet discovered, build personal connections to special places in their communities, and find ways to help ensure that future generations are able to fully experience their national parks and the NPS programs that steward America’s treasures.

In 2017, Point Reyes National Seashore will begin the second century of the NPS by continuing the restoration of the Drakes Estero. Additionally, the historic Point Reyes Lighthouse will get a preservation treatment to the iron structure as well as the first order Fresnel lens, designed by Augustine Fresnel in 1867 in Paris. The 1,032 pieces of crystal will be disassembled since the material holding them together is failing, then reassembled.

More information about the success and long term legacy of the NPS Centennial is available online.

About Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes National Seashore is one of 413 units within the National Park Service. Point Reyes was authorized in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy, "to preserve a portion of the diminishing seashore of the United States that remains undeveloped." Learn more by visiting Point Reyes National Seashore's official website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, Instagram page, and YouTube channel.

About the National Park Service
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, or on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


Last updated: February 10, 2017

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