Sunday – Free Entry to All National Park Units

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August 20, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Woodrow Wilson

In celebration of the 97th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS), all 401 national park units will waive entrance fees on Sunday, Aug. 25.

Known as “Founder’s Day,” this event observes the creation of the NPS through an act of Congress back in 1916.

The fee waiver applies to entrance fees only and does not include fees for camping.

On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the NPS Organic Act that established, through congressional legislation, a new agency with a mandate “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wild life 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.”

“National parks belong to all Americans, and we invite everyone to join us and celebrate this special day,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “From kite-building demonstrations at Wright Brothers National Memorial, to a river paddle at New River Gorge National River or a scenic railroad ride at Steamtown National Historic Site, America’s national parks offer something for the whole family.”

With our partners at the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, we have created an online hub to help you plan your personal National Park Service birthday trip at Join us and share birthday wishes or stories, pictures, or video from your latest or favorite national park adventure.

“Each and every day of the year, the National Park Service protects our country’s treasures, our national parks,” said Neil Mulholland, National Park Foundation president and CEO. “This month we are excited to celebrate the 97th birthday and extend our thanks to the National Park Service for their vital role in preserving America’s awe-inspiring landscapes and rich history.”

If you can’t make it to a park for the big day there are still many ways you can join the fun. The work of the National Park Service extends beyond park boundaries into communities across the country. The National Park Service 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 to see how we’re helping in your community.


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