The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016.

Sierra National Parks, August 2016 –  As we turn our focus to the last family trips of summer before filling our weekends with family outings to our local athletic or community events, we pause to take a look at just a few of the great experiences to be had at our National Parks that are located with-in the Sierra.  Yosemite, Lassen, Sequoia and Kings Canyon make the Sierra one f the best locations in the nation for visiting the beautiful park system and totally different experiences on each park you visit. On August 25th, each of our parks will celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of the Parks System with Free Admission and a full schedule of events, presentations and tours.

The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916 and will officially become 100 years old on August 25, 2016. The Centennial marks the third consecutive year in which Yosemite National Park is commemorating an important milestone. On June 30, 2014, Yosemite National Park commemorated the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant, the birth of the national park idea. On October 1, 2015, the 125th Anniversary of the park was commemorated.

Special Centennial events include a hike to the Top of Lembert Dome, a program on Stephen T. Mather and the Founding of the National Park Service, Horse-Drawn Stage Rides, and Tours of Pioneer Yosemite History Center. For more information about all of the Centennial events in the park, please visit www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm .

“We are very excited about the NPS Centennial and the special programs taking place here in Yosemite in honor of the founding of the National Park Service,” stated Don Neubacher, Park Superintendent. “We encourage all visitors to find your park and to help celebrate this historic milestone.”

August 25, 2016 is the 100th Birthday of the U.S. National Park Service. President Woodrow Wilson signed the NPS Organic Act on August 25, 1916 establishing the National Park Service as an agency under the U.S. Department of the Interior. Today, the National Park Service manages 412 units across the United States and its territories, including 59 national parks, national monuments, national historical sites, national lakeshores, national seashores, national battlefields, and more.

Yosemite National Park celebrated its 125th Anniversary last year. The park welcomes over four million visitors from all over the world each year and serves as a strong economic engine for the region and local communities. Yosemite National Park generates $535 million in economic benefit to the local region. The park is home to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America, and iconic rock formations such as Half Dome and El Capitan. The park also features approximately 90 different species of mammals and over 1500 species of flowering plants.

Lassen Volcanic National Park has been celebrating all year round the Anniversary of the Parks Service as it also coincides with the 100th Anniversary of Lassen Volcanic National Parks Designation, August 9th, 1916. Free Admission the 25th -28th to the park and a full schedule of  ranger-led events and video presentations are on schedule as they have been all summer long.

And at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park with your free admission, Activities will include ranger-led programs, special cave tours by candlelight, and exhibit about the history of the National Park Service’s uniforms.

Of course when visiting any of our National Parks in the Sierra the plethora of locations to explore, will give you so many options for creating a lasting Centennial memory.  Here is our list of our Top Places to Explore in the National Parks with in the Sierra Range.

 

 

Top 10 Experiences in Yosemite

  1. Yosemite Falls
  2. Vernal Falls
  3. Tenaya Lake
  4. Yosemite Valley
  5. Toulomne Meadows
  6. Cathedral Lakes
  7. May Lake
  8. North Dome
  9. Glacier Point
  10. Wapama Falls – Hetch Hetchy

Top 10 Experiences at Sequoia or Kings Canyon National Park

  1. Grant Grove
  2. Cedar Grove
  3. The Generals Highway
  4. Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
  5. Mineral King – Monarch Lakes
  6. Explore the  Caves
  7. Zumwalt Meadow
  8. Mist Falls
  9. Franklin Lakes Trail
  10. Moro Rock