August 21, 2015
Contact: Julena Campbell
Contact: Amy Bartlett
The National Park Service is turning 99 years old on August 25 and Yellowstone National Park wants to give you a present –free admission! The usual entrance fee of $30 will be waived for all visitors on August 25. Come to the park and take part in a ranger walk, talk, or hike. There will be 77 programs available throughout the park that visitors can participate in.
In preparation for next year's big centennial celebration, the National Park Service is inviting everyone to Find Your Park. To encourage people to discover everything a park experience can be, there is a fun list of 99 ways to Find Your Park (http://findyourpark.com/nps99
). Yellowstone is a great place to try # 19- Stand on a mountaintop or #93- Watch wildlife. You can also share your park experience with others by posting on social media with the hashtag #FindYourPark.
"The 99th birthday is an opportunity to make a connection to any of the National Park Service sites across the country," said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk. "We believe these experiences create future stewards and advocates to ensure the National Park Service mission is alive and strong in another 99 years."
On Aug. 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, on August 25, all national parks will offer free entrance for everyone.
Yellowstone National Park was established as the first national park in 1872 to preserve the natural wonders of the area, including the thermal features and wildlife. Last year, more than 3.5 million park visits added $543.7 million to the local economy and supported 6,662 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 Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, go to www.nps.gov/ID
, and www.nps.gov/WY
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 www.nps.gov.
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