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Thursday, August 20, 2015

99 ways you could celebrate NPS’ 99th birthday

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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!).

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To celebrate the upcoming centennial of NPS in 2016, the National Park Foundation (NPF) launched the Find Your Park campaign to encourage everyone to get up, get out there and #FindYourPark - no matter your interest!

We found ours while on our recent vacation, visiting Fort Pickens. Do you have a National Park near you?

I've got 99 ways you could celebrate NPS’ 99th birthday next Tuesday, on August 25, 2015, if you don't have a park nearby, and ways you can get ready for NPS’ big 100th birthday next year! Founders’ Day also marks fee free day to all national parks!

climbing shoes
Courtesy of Pixabay

       1. Go climbing
2. Write a poem about what you would find in a National Park
3. Be an urban hiker
5. Dance

chinese lanterns
Courtesy of Pixabay

7. Discover a culture new to you
8. Experience silence
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

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               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

historic street
Courtesy of Pixabay

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
31. Make art in a park

native totem
Courtesy of Pixabay

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

dinosaur footprint
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52. Get prehistoric
53. Improve your health—get a park Rx
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

rafting down river
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63. Raft down a river
64. Pay your respects at a national cemetery
65. Pick a POTUS
66. Take a mini-cruise
68. Walk nature's treadmill
69. Pose for a family photo in a park
71. Reflect on our most difficult stories

wooden carousel
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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

night sky n stars
Courtesy of Pixabay

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!

vicksburg military park
Courtesy of National Parks

92. Wander an American battlefield
93. Watch wildlife
94. Take a deep breath
95. Go wild: Experience wilderness
97. Play
98. Take a sunrise selfie

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