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Have you ever visited a national park and just thought, "Wow..." or "WOW!!!"? These special moments can happen very differently to each person visiting. You turned a corner and were suddenly struck by a breathtaking view; you finally crossed your own personal finish line at the top of an uphill hike; you were left astounded by an astonishing fact your heard in a ranger program; you were emotionally moved by a powerful moment in history; you saw a ranger in action and thought that maybe you want to be one when you grow up—so many "wow" moments happen in national parks happen every day.

Well, it's our birthday on August 25 and we want to celebrate those "wows" with you! Join the conversation on social media and share your wow moments using #NPSBirthday and #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque.

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Have you ever visited a national park and just thought, "Wow..." or "WOW!!!"? In honor of our 106th birthday, we asked YOU to share your best “WOW” moments with us in digital form. Wow! You delivered.

Share Your "Wow" With Us

In honor of our 106th birthday, we asked YOU to share your best “WOW” moments with us in digital form. You sent everything from a video of a landscape, a moving park experience, a visit to a monument, an amazing hike, a photograph (with no wildlife selfies), a painting demo, an animation, or your own unique visual effects. We compiled your amazing digital experiences into a moment worthy of, well WOW!

sPark New Connections

Looking for inspiration for new "wow" moments? sPark new connections with more than 400 national parks and opportunities through our programs spanning the country, and even the world! Check out these suggestions below to get started experiencing or discovering something new to find your wow!

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    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.

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    Social Media

    Join us on National Park Service social media channels where you will find events, games, and more fun!

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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.

    Find Events

    Celebrate the National Park Service's birthday on August 25! Find a park near you or explore in-park and virtual events hosted by parks across the country. Set this calendar to August to find events for our birthday.

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    Last updated: August 29, 2022