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Ranger Cynthia uses the NPS App to create virtual postcards to chronicle her national park adventures, also sharing with family and friends.

Courtesy of Cynthia Hernandez

Mark your calendar to celebrate the National Park Service's 105th birthday on August 25, 2021! National parks across the country will be hosting in-park programs and virtual experiences. Entrance fees are also waived for everyone to come out to enjoy their national parks!

In honor of our 105th birthday, join us for a month-long celebration in August with a theme Park Scrapbooks. Generations of people have visited national parks for more than a century and continue to create new memories. Early park visitors sent postcards, captured photographs, and created scrapbooks to preserve memories and share with others. How do you capture or share your park memories and experiences? Videos, artwork, poetry, photographs, passport stamps, social media stories...the possibilities are endless.

Join the conversation and share your "park scrapbooks" on social media using #ParkScrapbooks and #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque.

Birthday Twitter Chat

On August 25 at 9 pm ET, celebrate with the National Park Service on Twitter for #ParkChat!

Visiting Parks

Coming to a national park this month? Make the most of your visit and be prepared for what you may experience by planning ahead. Rangers are sharing top 10 lists of their insider tips to help you #PlanLikeAParkRanger. Also check the calendar of events on this page to find in-person and virtual programs hosted by national parks.

Before visiting, please check the park's website to determine its operating status and current face mask requirements.

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Plan Like a Park Ranger

Park rangers share their top 10 insider tips to #PlanLikeAParkRanger when visiting their parks this summer! Get the insider scoop.

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The NPS App

One app, every park at your fingertips. Experience and explore national parks using a new app for mobile devices.

A Virtual Party

Join our birthday celebration from anywhere in the world, including home. Find virtual ways to stay connected with more than 400 national parks across the country and park party games that you can do anywhere, anytime. More fun is on our social media channels all month!

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Find Your Virtual Park

Stay connected with national parks across the country from anywhere in the world with online resources and virtual experiences.

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Games and Challenges

Test your knowledge or learn something new about national parks with games and challenges for all ages.

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Ranger Sarah is an avid national park traveler, which included a trip to Joshua Tree National Park.
Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Gamble

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She recently learned a new hobby making quilts inspired by national parks she has visited.
Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Gamble

How do you capture your park memories and share them? Here are a few ideas to get started. Share your "park scrapbooks" on social media using #ParkScrapbooks and #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque

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    Then & Now (& Soon)

    Some national park moments will always be the same, like stopping at an overlook to gape at stunning landscapes, spotting wildlife in nature, experiencing powerful personal reflections of history, and introducing the next generation of your family to their national parks. But how people have park experienced has changed over time and continues to evolve.

    View these galleries showing how visitors in the past experienced parks compared to today. Also learn more about how the National Park Service continues improve park access and opportunities through improved infrastructure.

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    Great American Outdoors Act

    Passed last August, this landmark legislation will provide needed maintenance for critical facilities and infrastructure.

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    Improving Accessibility

    View of photo album of recent projects improving the park experience for people with various physical abilities.

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    Arches National Park

    The red-rock arches and pinnacles of the park continue to draw visitors from around the world as they did decades ago.

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    Cape Cod National Seashore

    Get a glimpse of people recreating at the seashore in the past and how you can enjoy it today.

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    Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    The "Ghost of the Golden Gate" online exhibit reveals the hidden history of familiar locations in San Francisco.

    Two meshed photos of the ruins of a brick fort in the past and today

    Gulf Islands National Seashore

    Explore the forts and seashores of the Gulf Islands as visitors of the past saw these places and people continue to today.

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    Shenandoah National Park

    Travel Skyline Drive and throughout the park to see how the classic trip to Shenandoah has changed—or hasn't.

    Join Our Team

    We are America's storytellers responsible for preserving the nation's natural and cultural heritage for future generations. We need people as diverse as the special places that we protect—we need YOU! With hundreds of career fields and our parks and programs stretching across the country, explore ways that you can join our team. Staff share their journey working on the National Park Service team.

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    Become an Employee

    Learn more about permanent and seasonal jobs with the National Park Service in a wide range of career fields.

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    Jumpstart a career through internship programs to get hands-on experience in a variety of career fields.

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    Help care for your national parks by volunteering during a one-time event or on a reoccurring basis.

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    Create possibilities to preserve America's treasures in national parks and communities across the country for all Americans to enjoy.

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      Find Events

      Celebrate the National Park Service's birthday as entrance fees are waived on August 25! Find a park near you or explore in-park and virtual events hosted by parks across the country. Get tips to recreate responsibly while visiting parks to keep everyone safe and protect America's treasures for future generations to also experience.

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      Last updated: August 25, 2021