The National Park Service (NPS) turns 100 today! Since its founding in 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, the NPS has been working diligently to protect #publiclands in the U.S., including some of our favorite places to paddle.
In celebration of this centennial birthday milestone, parks across the country will be offering FEE-FREE entry from August 25-28. Spread the word!
"The fundamental idea behind the parks is that the country belongs to the people."
- President Obama, during his weekly address celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
Moving forward, we invite you to join the ACA and its partners in the outdoor recreation community as we advocate to keep public lands out of private hands.
The ACA believes our country's federal lands belong to all Americans; no matter where you live, how much money is in your bank account, or where you grew up, you own some of the most stunning places in the country. Every person who wishes to paddle, hike, ski, climb, mountain bike, and simply sight-see on our nation's public lands and waters must remain free to do so.
Wish the NPS a happy 100th, and get out there and paddle in a park near you! Consider taking a Paddle Green Bag with you when you go, and don't forget to share your national park paddling adventures on social media using the hashtags #FindYourPark and #NPS100.
Use this handy online tool to find your National Park.
See you on the water!