Find Your Park and Celebrate the 99th Birthday of the National Park Service

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News Release Date: August 22, 2015

Contact: Linda Cook, 203-834-1896

The National Park Service is turning 99 years old on August 25, 2015 and Weir Farm National Historic Site wants you to join the party by coming to your local national park anytime this month.

In preparation for 2016’s year long centennial celebration, the National Park Service is inviting you to Find Your Park. Get started by following this fun list of 99 ways to Find Your Park. Weir Farm National Historic Site is a great place to try #9 – walk through the doorway of a historic home, #23 – try something new, #31 – make art in a park, #51 – Hit Record, #53 – Improve your health with a park Rx, and many more! Visitors can share their park experiences with others by posting on social media with the hashtag #FindYourPark.

“Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want you to know that your local national park is the place to join in on the fun” said Weir Farm National Historic Site Superintendent Linda Cook. “Weir Farm National Historic Site offers something so completely unique, so totally inspiring, and I invite you to start your #FindYourPark journey right here in Connecticut.”

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service. Today, there are 408 national parks throughout the country and each one tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn. And all national parks will offer free entrance for everyone on August 25, 2015.

Weir Farm National Historic Site was established in 1990 to preserve and share the famously inspiring light, color, and landscape that has inspired artists since 1882. Last year, more than 34,000 park visitors enjoyed the park, adding $2.6 million to the local economy and supporting 23 area jobs. 

The mission of the National Park Service also extends beyond park boundaries. Community partnerships help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To see what is happening in Connecticut, go to

About Weir Farm National Historic Site. Designed and preserved by artists, Weir Farm National Historic Site welcomes everyone to experience the power of creativity, art, and nature. Escape to the only national park dedicated to American painting and rediscover the beauty of light and color in everyday life. Learn more at and visit us on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram @WeirFarmNHS.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 408 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at

Last updated: August 27, 2015

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