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August 21, 2012 > National Park Service turns 96

National Park Service turns 96

Submitted By National Park Service

It's our birthday and we hope you'll visit a national park and help us celebrate! On August 25, the National Park Service turns 96 years old and we are inviting everyone, especially children, to join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast. If you want to share birthday wishes or stories, pictures, or video from your trip to a park, our friends at the National Park Foundation have created a birthday website www.NPSbirthday.org to get the celebration going!

"National parks belong to all Americans and we invite everyone to join us on this special day," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "There are hundreds of events planned. Take the kids on a snorkel adventure, bike ride, kayak tour, hike, or archeological dig. See a blacksmith demo, living history encampment, or Native American concert. Or join me and thousands of children at Rocky Mountain National Park's big BioBlitz."

You can choose the park you would like to visit by location or by event at www.nps.gov. NPS works with partners to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities that revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life. Go to www.nps.gov/communities/states.htm to see what we do in your community.

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