Celebrate National Parks For Free: 99 Ways To Find Your Park

There is something to be said about experiencing nature in its true form. Beautiful National Parks are located all throughout the United States and feature some of the greatest landscapes you can find in the world. It’s time to find your park, take an expedition and enjoy the great outdoors.

Find Your Park

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act creating the National Park Service (NPS), a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established (now there are 408 national parks!). To celebrate the upcoming centennial of NPS in 2016, the National Park Foundation (NPF) launched their Find Your Park campaign to encourage everyone to get up, get out there and #FindYourPark – no matter your interest.

Here are 99 ways you can celebrate NPS’ 99th birthday and Find Your Park on August 25, 2015 and get ready for NPS’ big 100th birthday next year. Founders’ Day also marks fee free day to ALL national parks, so get out there and FIND YOUR PARK.

99 Ways to Find Your Park

1. Go climbing
2. Write poetry
3. Be an urban hiker
4. Visit a National Heritage Area
5. Dance
6. Learn about climate change
7. Discover a culture new to you
8. Experience silence
9. Walk through a doorway of a historic house
10. Find inspiration in the story of a Civil Rights leader
11. Go on a ranger-led tour #RangersPointingAtThings
12. Hug a tree
13. Make a memory
14. Earn a Jr. Ranger badge
15. Relax on the banks of a scenic river
16. Celebrate innovation
17. Find life in a desert
18. Get inspired by a First Lady
19. Stand on a mountaintop
20. Bring a kid to a park
21. Paddle a water trail
22. Take a photo that matches a historic one #retrogram
23. Try something new
24. Channel your inner Bill Nye – become a citizen scientist
25. Walk a historic main street
26. Find your park in Spanish #EncuentraTuParque
27. Explore a cave
28. Go green
29. Brush up your national park trivia skills
30. Scout a park, boys and girls!
31. Make art in a park
32. Celebrate Native American heritage
33. Come sail away
34. Take a picnic and dine al fresco
35. Be bear aware
36. Hit the road
37. Enlighten yourself at a historic lighthouse
38. Go biking
39. Explore Asian American and Pacific Islander culture in America
40. Feel the sand between your toes
41. Share your story
42. Learn about endangered species
43. Join us
44. Follow NPS on social media
45. Follow the footsteps of a woman who made history
46. Get in the know about H2O
47. Bee pollinator friendly
48. Get VIP status
49. Catch a wave
50. Immerse yourself in a living history program
51. Hit record
52. Get prehistoric
53. Improve your health – get a park Rx
54. Use your free active military pass
55. Get reel – visit a park featured in your favorite movie
56. Join a trail clean-up
57. See the sea
58. Discover a traditional tribal cultural practice
59. Let Elmo and Murray be your guides
60. Mail a postcard
61. Discover history around you
62. Make new friends
63. Raft down a river
64. Pay your respects at a national cemetery
65. Pick a POTUS
66. Take a mini-cruise
67. Plan ahead and prepare
68. Walk nature’s treadmill
69. Pose for a family photo in a park
70. Recognize women who made history
71. Reflect on our most difficult stories
72. Stamp your park passport
73. Ride on a historic carousel
74. Run
75. See history from a different perspective
76. Renew your spirit
77. See how NPS helps transform your community
78. Go fish
79. See the starry, starry night
80. Make a splash
81. Share a #tbt park photo
82. Discover the beauty of our nation’s other public lands
83. Sleep outside
84. Spread the love – thank a park volunteer
85. Plan the best field trip ever
86. Visit our international sisters
87. Trash your trash
88. Find a monument and decode history
89. Travel the Underground Railroad
90. Use the buddy system!
91. Visit for free on our 99th birthday
92. Wander an American battlefield
93. Watch wildlife
94. Take a deep breath
95. Go wild – experience wilderness
96. Use a national park lesson plan
97. Play
98. Take a sunrise selfie
99. Get ready to celebrate with us in 2016!

Check out this Find Your Park video from Mary Lambert, spoken word poet, on her visit to Boston National Historical Park walking along the Freedom Trail:

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Comments (5)

  • We have a few national parks near us I can’t wait to explore with my little one.

  • This list is so extensive, thanks for sharing!

  • thanks for the information.

  • We are at oour local parks all the time!! We love them so!! I am so glad that this campaign is getting others out to explore their parks!! Its such a beautiful world out there! We should all be out enjoying it!!

  • I love enjoying the outdoors with my family!


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