August 30, 2016
A Century to Celebrate
The National Park Service has spent 100 years protecting the most beautiful places in the country.
Happy birthday, National Park Service (NPS)! One hundred years ago, on August 25, 1916, the U.S. government set up the NPS to take care of the growing number of parks, monuments, and historical sites across the country. Since then, the NPS’s mission has been to make sure that America’s cultural and natural resources are protected and kept open to the public.
NPS staff, like park rangers, work on this mission every day. “I’ve always loved our parks,” says Kate Sargeant, a former NPS park ranger who is now a National Park police officer. “I think it’s so wonderful that we have these places . . . that we set them aside and protect them.”