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What new adventure will you discover in 2018?

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Something New for 102

Celebrate the National Park Service's 102nd birthday this year by discovering something new! Even at your favorite or most visited park, there are new experiences and discoveries waiting for you. From recreational opportunities, a new park to visit, NPS programs in your community, or a surprising fact about history or nature, find and share it! You can even use a special Facebook frame for the occasion!

The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act. Each year, we work with partners to celebrate this anniversary. Find a park near you or special events happening at parks year round.

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  • Fort Stanwix National Monument

    Family Fun at the Fort

    Monday, August 20, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Play games, sing songs, try some arts and crafts, and make some fantastic family memories.

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    • Time: 1:15 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free!
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

    Skagway Walking Tour - Buffalo Soldiers

    Monday, August 20, 2018

    Everyday

    Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers of Company L, 24th Infantry and their time in Skagway

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    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    • Location: Get free tickets at the Visitor Center at 2nd and Broadway
    • Fees: Free
  • Fort Stanwix National Monument

    Family Fun at the Fort

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Play games, sing songs, try some arts and crafts, and make some fantastic family memories.

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    • Time: 1:15 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free!
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

    Skagway Walking Tour - Buffalo Soldiers

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018

    Everyday

    Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers of Company L, 24th Infantry and their time in Skagway

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    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    • Location: Get free tickets at the Visitor Center at 2nd and Broadway
    • Fees: Free
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park

    Art in the Park

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Art Exhibit- Building on the Past to Meet the Future

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    • Location: Laboratory complex
    • Fees: Free with paid entrance fee
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument

    Cedar Breaks 85th Birthday Celebration

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Join us at Cedar Breaks this August 22 to celebrate the park’s 85th Anniversary!

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    • Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Information Center at Point Supreme
    • Fees: Park Fees Apply
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

    Skagway Walking Tour - Buffalo Soldiers

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Everyday

    Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers of Company L, 24th Infantry and their time in Skagway

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    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    • Location: Get free tickets at the Visitor Center at 2nd and Broadway
    • Fees: Free
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park

    Art in the Park

    Thursday, August 23, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Art Exhibit- Building on the Past to Meet the Future

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    • Location: Laboratory complex
    • Fees: Free with paid entrance fee
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

    Skagway Walking Tour - Buffalo Soldiers

    Thursday, August 23, 2018

    Everyday

    Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers of Company L, 24th Infantry and their time in Skagway

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    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    • Location: Get free tickets at the Visitor Center at 2nd and Broadway
    • Fees: Free
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park

    156th Anniversary Commemoration of Second Manassas

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Join park staff as we commemorate the 156th anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas (Bull Run).

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    • Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Park-Wide
    • Fees: Free
  • Fire Island National Seashore

    A Celebration of 300 Years

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Three centuries worth of artifacts and stories are shared in this new exhibit.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Fire Island National Seashore: William Floyd Estate
    • Fees: Free program
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park

    Art in the Park

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Art Exhibit- Building on the Past to Meet the Future

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    • Location: Laboratory complex
    • Fees: Free with paid entrance fee
  • Fort Stanwix National Monument

    Family Fun at the Fort

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Monday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Play games, sing songs, try some arts and crafts, and make some fantastic family memories.

    View Details
    • Time: 1:15 PM to 1:45 PM
    • Location: Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free!
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

    Skagway Walking Tour - Buffalo Soldiers

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Everyday

    Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers of Company L, 24th Infantry and their time in Skagway

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    • Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    • Location: Get free tickets at the Visitor Center at 2nd and Broadway
    • Fees: Free
  • George Washington Carver National Monument

    Storytelling Festival

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Storytelling Festival

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    • Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM,11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Visitor Center
    • Fees: FREE
  • Saturday, August 25, 2018

    Learn about shorebird identification, behav-ior and biology during the peak shorebird migration time in NYC.

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    • Time: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refgue
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park

    156th Anniversary Commemoration of Second Manassas

    Saturday, August 25, 2018

    Join park staff as we commemorate the 156th anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas (Bull Run).

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    • Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Park-Wide
    • Fees: Free
  • Shiloh National Military Park

    3rd Annual NPS Birthday Bash

    Saturday, August 25, 2018

    Join Shiloh as we celebrate the 102nd Birthday of the Park Service

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    • Time: 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Location: Shiloh National Military Park
    • Fees: FREE
  • Point Reyes National Seashore

    A Brief History of Your National Parks

    Saturday, August 25, 2018

    On the 102nd anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service, join a ranger a slideshow presentation about your national parks and the history of the NPS.

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    • Location: Bear Valley Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Fire Island National Seashore

    A Celebration of 300 Years

    Saturday, August 25, 2018

    Every Sunday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly & Every Saturday Weekly

    Three centuries worth of artifacts and stories are shared in this new exhibit.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Fire Island National Seashore: William Floyd Estate
    • Fees: Free program
  • Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

    Art in the Park

    Saturday, August 25, 2018

    From 10-3 on Saturday, August 25, 2018, Appomattox Court House NHP and the Appomattox 1865 Foundation will host “Art in the Park,” a day featuring plein air painting and a children’s art station. The event is free and open to the public

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Appomattox Court House Village
    • Fees: Free
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