100 years ago today, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill from Congress, instating the National Parks Service “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”
This has been a summer of taking in American history and along the way I’ve visited a handful of National Parks. How has it taken me this long in life to realize what a treasure I have all around me, preserved for my enjoyment and education? I went on and on about this on Snapchat earlier this summer, but it’s worth repeating:
- An annual pass to the National Parks Service is currently $80/adult and gets you into more than 2,000 federal recreation sites and covers entrance fees at national parks and wildlife refuges. Your pass also waives standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands.
- If you have a 4th Grader, take advantage of Every Kind in a Park!!! The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free, but you have to have a paper pass with you upon arrival, so BE PREPARED!
- US Military and their dependents get free annual passes and once you turn 62, you become eligible for a $10 LIFTIME PASS.
There are National Parks in every single US State, Washington DC, and our four US Territories, Guam, American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. How close are you to a National Park? Find a Park by location and determine which location you can get to quickest, because you don’t need a pass to visit a park this weekend!
In celebration of NPS’s 100th Birthday, admission to ALL 412 NATIONAL PARKS is FREE August 25 – August 28!!!!
If you live nearby-ish and are willing to road trip, I HIGHLY recommend a trip to Hyde Park, NY. [also: look who I spy on their IG feed!] There is A LOT to see and do in Hyde Park, and our 9 hour visit barely touched the surface. It was an incredible experience and I would DEFINITELY go back. Here are some snapshots and highlights from our trips to the Home of Franklin D Roosevelt and Val-Kil Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site.