Celebrate the National Park Service 101st birthday with free admission — and a haiku!


Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton

To celebrate the 101st birthday of the National Park Service on August 25, 2017, the NPS and the National Park Foundation are welcoming visitors of all ages with free admission to the more than 400 national parks across the country.

Park entrance fees will be waived nationwide on August 25 to encourage everyone to celebrate the NPS 101st birthday. Usually, 118 of the 417 national parks charge entrance fees that range from $3 to $30.The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

(Note: Entry to the Gettysburg Military Park and visitor center is free of charge. Fees for the film “A New Birth of Freedom,” Cyclorama painting program, and museum exhibits will still apply on August 25, 2017, payable to The Gettysburg Foundation.)

Mark your calendar!

Additional entrance fee–free dates in 2017:

September 30: National Public Lands Day
November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

A Birthday Twist! Parks 101 in Haiku

Through social media, parks as well as NPS programs, partners, and the public are invited to share their own national park stories and experiences — and for the NPS 101st birthday there will be a special twist. Can you do it in haiku? Haiku is Japanese verse in three lines. Line one has 5 syllables, line 2 has 7 syllables, and line three has 5 syllables. Some examples include:

Seagulls squawk above
Watching the chick nestled low,
soon to fly away.


          New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park


Eastern Red cedar
witness to battle, sorrow
gnarled, scarred survivor.


          Manassas National Battlefield Park

The entire parks community is invited to share their creative inspirations via their favorite social media platforms and use #Parks101 in their posts.

Be part of the celebration and join the conversation using #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque, and #Parks101 on social media.

View the list of National Parks in Pennsylvania.

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