National Park Centennial: 100 Years of America’s Best Idea

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It’s April 16th and Nation­al Park Week 2016 has offi­cial­ly begun. Mean­ing we are part way through the Nation­al Park Cen­ten­ni­al cam­paign, cel­e­brat­ing 100 years of ser­vice. The NPS plans to spend the year pro­mot­ing the Nation­al Parks, offer­ing free days and even, for Nation­al Park Week, free entrance to all the parks from April 16–24th. Yes, you heard that cor­rect­ly, entrance will be free for every park, through­out the entire week.

The main ini­tia­tive behind the Cen­ten­ni­al will be to push Amer­i­can cit­i­zens to find mean­ing and dis­cov­er what the Nation­al Parks mean to them and the nation as a whole.

In order to pre­pare for the big 100, the (at the time) Sec­re­tary of Inte­ri­or Dirk Kempthorne launched the Nation­al Park Cen­ten­ni­al Ini­tia­tive. This was most­ly to make sure Nation­al Parks were up to speed for anoth­er cen­tu­ry of ser­vice, thor­ough­ly pre­pared for con­ser­va­tion, preser­va­tion, and recre­ation. The ini­tia­tive result­ed in a series of goals and visions which were pre­sent­ed in a report called The Future of Amer­i­ca’s Nation­al Parks, to the Amer­i­can peo­ple, along with Pres­i­dent Bush, on May 31st 2006.

To kick off the Nation­al Park Ser­vice’s 100th birth­day, we’re fea­tur­ing Wilder & Sons Nation­al Park Tees on The Clymb. Wilder & Sons shirts are designed to fea­ture dif­fer­ent parks through­out the US and a per­cent­age of the pro­ceeds go to the Nation­al Park Foun­da­tion. Lim­it­ed quan­ti­ties available!

There will be new Wilder & Sons shirts released all through­out 2016, all hon­or­ing dif­fer­ent Nation­al Parks. Find them here, on our site!