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 FindYourPark.com (and EncuentraTuParque.com) 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. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks 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!
The statistics are simply stated: These parks have trained over 400 employees in the 16-hour Operational Leadership course. Significant coordination and commitment lies behind these numbers, but the payoff is well worth it. Read more
Orientation, interpretation, and safety information increased dramatically in quality and availability this year, thanks to investments in updating and upgrading dozens of wayside exhibits throughout the parks. Read more
Ten interns from nine different colleges participated in the parks internship program this year. Each student worked hard to learn about and contribute to various park programs, ranging from wilderness and air quality to archival work and ecological restoration. Read more
More than 200 young people from 16 organizations camped, worked on service projects, and participated in park activities this summer, thanks to the efforts of two seasonal youth-leadership liaisons for the Volunteer-in-Parks program. The liaisons focused on engaging under-served youth in volunteer projects that included opportunities for learning and focused on developing values, conservation awareness, and citizen stewardship. Read more
Two projects moved these parks ahead in the accessibility arena: A new type of tactile exhibit was installed along a fabulous trail among giant sequoias, and audio-visual programs offer options that increase their availability to all. Read more