The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration!
The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.
You are invite you to find your park and discover the national parks and programs in your own backyard!
Over 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 408 national parks and monuments and create close-to-home recreational and cultural opportunities.
Californians are fortunate to have eight National Parks in the state: Channel Islands, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Lassen Volcanic, Pinnacles, Redwood, Sequoia and Kings Canyon and Yosemite. Where ever you live in the Golden State, you’re not too far from a beautiful piece of wide and wild open space.
If you plan on visiting any of the National Parks across the U.S. keep these tips in mind to get the most enjoyment from your vacation:
- Alan ahead. Nearly 300 million people visit national parks through the year, and summer is the busiest time. In-park hotels and campsites fill up early so finding a place to stay at the last minute may be impossible or costly. Be prepared to slow down, take your time and wait in line with the large crowds of other visitors
- Obey the rules. Recent tragedies in Yellowstone Park have highlighted the importance of following park guidelines. Stay on marked trails, don’t touch or feed wildlife, secure your campsite according to park recommendations. Don’t make your vacation to a national park memorable for the wrong reasons
- Take the map! Cell phone coverage is spotty or non-existent in many areas of our nation’s parks. Those clever navigational apps on your Smartphone may be completely useless when you actually need them. An old-fashioned paper map will help you navigate through the park, locate the major sites and make the best use of your time