100th Anniversary Ceremony

Zion postage stamp unveiled in recent Zion Centennial ceremony
Zion postage stamp unveiled in recent Zion Centennial ceremony

NPS/Barbara Graves

On Friday, July 31 2009, Zion National Park will celebrate it's birthday with a series of activities and events for all ages. Please check back on this page for updates on activities planned for Zion's 100th Birthday Party.

July 31, 2009
100th Anniversary Ceremony

9:30 am to 11 am.
Dedication of the rehabilitated Grotto Museum: Special Speakers, dignitaries, and the public are invited. Restored historic Grotto Museum tour at 11:15.

Southern Paiute Traditional Dancers
1 pm to 2 pm. Cultural dancing and singing outside Zion Lodge.

US Postal Service, Pictorial Postmark
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The pictorial postmark will be applied to pre-stamped cachet envelopes in two locations: The Zion Canyon Visitor Center and the Kolob Canyons Visitor Center.

Concert in the Canyon
8:00 pm. A string sextet performance is planned. Six members of the Chamber Music Society of Southern Utah will perform with two cellos, two violas and two violins on the front lawn of Zion Lodge.

Zion Birthday Bash for Junior Rangers
Junior Rangers! Welcome to Zion's Birthday Bash! Help celebrate Zion's birthday by participating in special Junior Ranger activities and fun activities planned at the Nature Center throughout the day on July 31th.
Junior Ranger Games and Activities
8:30 am - 4:00 pm at the Nature Center
-Scavenger Hunt
-Crossword Puzzle
-Design your own birthday card and party for Zion - What does Zion mean to you? Create a card and hat that expresses what you love about your park.
-Paper Making - Learn how to reuse scraps to make a whole new sheet of paper.
-Pin the Bison on the Arrowhead - Can you remember what the symbol for the National Park Service looks like? See if you can put the Arrowhead together correctly.
One hour Ranger-led Hike for Junior Rangers
"Hike Through the Years"
9 am and 10:30 am. Join a ranger on a short hike to learn about Zion in the past, present, and future. Starts at the Nature Center.
30 minute Ranger Talks at the Nature Center for Junior Rangers
1 pm. "Zion as Sanctuary" Come learn how plants, animals, and people have used Zion as sanctuary.
2 pm. "Zion Past and Present" Learn how Zion has changed in the last 100 years.
3 pm."Green Zion" Come learn how Zion is helping the environment by being "green".
To earn a Junior Ranger Patch
1. Complete the Zion Birthday Bash Scavenger Hunt.
2. Complete two activities.
To earn a Junior Ranger Badge
1. Complete the Zion Birthday Bash Crossword Puzzle.

Entrance is free on July 31
To celebrate our 100th Anniversary, entrance in Zion National Park will be free on July 31st. The tunnel escort fee for oversized vehicles and camping fees remain in effect.

Zion Canyon Shuttle
The shuttle will operate from 5:45 am to 11:15 pm on July 31st. Check the shuttle schedule on the back of the Zion Map and Guide. Be sure to allow enough time to ride the shuttle to the events you wish to see.

Zion National Park News Release on the 100th Aniversary Celebrations on July 31, 2009

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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