Happy 100th birthday, National Park Service!

August 26, 2016

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Lauren
Lead Copywriter

Today is the National Park Service’s 100th birthday!

On August 25th, 1916, Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, which established the National Park Service. Before the signing of the bill, Theodore Roosevelt helped create 23 parks, and now the NPS oversees 413 lands, with 59 of those being national parks.

Franklin Roosevelt called the national parks “country that belongs to the people.” With over 80 million acres of beautiful land available to the public, our national park system is arguably one of the greatest goals our forefathers achieved.

Our national parks are a way for us to get out and move our butts, see nature, swim in water, hike through mountains and deserts and wrestle bears like Theodore Roosevelt*. From climbing El Capitan in Yosemite, to rafting through the Grand Canyon, to kayaking through the Everglades, our national parks offer physical activities for everyone.

Here are ten photos of some of our favorite parks to get you planning your next trip!

Happy birthday, National Park Service!

 

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Badlands, South Dakota

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Grand Tetons, Wyoming

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Yellowstone, Wyoming

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

*Theodore Roosevelt did not wrestle a bear and neither should you.