Founder's Day: The National Park Service Turns 99!

On August 25, 1916, Congress created the National Park Service, and every August 25th since has been celebrated as “Founder’s Day.”

This year, on Founder’s Day, all Americans can celebrate the birthday of their National Park Service by visiting any of your national parks, such as Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Lewis & Clark National Historical Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, and any Washington State Park for free! This includes parks that require a Discover Pass, on lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish & Wildlife (WDFW).

Click here to find an event in a National Park near you, and visit to discover how the National Park Service is encouraging Americans to experience their local and national parks for next year’s big centennial birthday.   

Happy Birthday National Park Service


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