National Park Service Founders Day is celebrated on August 25 every year. It is dedicated to the people who first took care of preserving the most important resource of the United States – national parks. Today, NPS is engaged in the protection of not only natural parks, but also other territories and objects important for the country – these are nature reserves, sea and lake coasts, recreation areas, former battlefields and military installations.
Initially, there was no general oversight service for national parks – the Ministry of the Interior oversaw each one separately. It was not a very convenient solution. The initiative to create a single agency that monitors the country’s natural and historical treasures belonged to businessman Stephen Mather and his colleague Horace McFarland. They were joined by journalist Robert S. Yard and a massive publicity campaign was launched, noticed by the then president’s cabinet. As a result, the bill creating the NPS was signed into law by Woodrow Wilson. This happened on August 25, 1916. So the date of National Park Service Founders Day was determined.
The NPS supports visits to national parks. Many of them have created a network of special trails for visitors that meet safety requirements. Before visiting, select the trails suitable for you on the park website, some of them are difficult for inexperienced hikers. But there are specially designed trails that you can visit even if you are visually impaired or use a wheelchair!
How to celebrate
Celebrate National Park Service Founders Day in one of 3 ways:
- Visit one of the national parks in your country. There are 63 of them in the USA, in other countries there are also beautiful natural areas protected by the state. If you travel, visit the national park of the country where you are – this way you will get acquainted with its nature, see natural attractions.
- If you know NPS employees, congratulate them on their professional holiday.
- Become an NPS Volunteer to be personally involved in the conservation of protected areas. Suggest it to your friends on social networks, use the #Npsfundersday hashtag.
When is National Park Service Founders Day celebrated in 2022?
National Park Service Founders Day is observed on August 25 each year.