NPS Centennial

Gerald Maitland accepting a reward
Gerald Maitland accepting a reward for his volunteer service from River Raisin NBPF executive director Terry Beamsley

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In honor of the National Park Service Centennial V.I.P Volunteer Gerald Maitland wrote a poem about the NPS Anniversary. Gerald is a sixth grader in Pioneers Homeschool Co-op. His poem received first place out of more than a thousand entries!

Nature should be for everyone
All our parks are not just for fun
They teach us lessons of the past
I am sure you will be flabbergast
Our history brings you back in time
Network of rangers come rain or shine
A junior ranger can earn a badge
Learning extra sometimes gives a patch

Preserved places are great for a hike
Allowing many people to bike
Relax in comfort in a camper
Kids will like tenting and won't hamper
States rejoice with park units abound

Stewardship will need to be passed down
Education is there and all around
Recreation can also be found
Volunteers do help in every way
In making inspirational days
Celebrate the centennial mark
Each person needs to protect our parks

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 (and 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. River Raisin National Battlefield 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!


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