NPS Birthday

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

Reflecting on the 19th Amendment Centennial

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation establishing the National Park Service. At the same time, women across the country were fighting to guarantee their right to vote throughout the United States, a right that would finally be recognized when the 19th Amendment became part of the US Constitution on August 26, 1920, the day after the fourth birthday of the National Park Service.

When celebrated the 104th birthday of the National Park Service in 2020, we recognized the centennial of the amendment that strengthened the public position of women in American civic life, empowering them to be stronger advocates for the places that became part of the National Park System over the next 100 years.

From nature’s wonders in the Florida Everglades, to the Washington, DC, home where abolitionist and suffragist Frederick Douglass did some of his famous work and the California landscape where Japanese American families were incarcerated during World War II, many of America’s important places are protected because women used their civic voices in their communities and nationwide.

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A Special Mission

Learn a quick history of the National Park Service leading to its creating on August 25, 1916, and shaping it beyond.

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Founding Women

Meet a few women who harnessed their public voices to protect powerfully important American places that became national parks.

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Looking Beyond the 19th Amendment

Certification of the 19th Amendment was a benchmark moment for American democracy and an important milestone in women’s equality.

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Women in the National Park Service

Women have shaped the National Park Service since its early days, but opportunities have come a long way since 1916.

Visiting Parks and Finding 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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