As a nonprofit partner to the parks, the Conservancy is proud to stand with our ranger friends in celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service (NPS), which marks its 100th birthday on August 25, 2016.
Here at Golden Gate, the Parks Conservancy and NPS continue to build on our innovative programs that reach new audiences and connect the parks with young people—two key goals of the NPS Centennial.
Visit the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Centennial page.
Click below to explore some of these exciting programs, and join in the fun!
Find your park:
- Junior Ranger Jamboree May 7th
- Every Kid In a Park
- San Francisco Public Library Summer Stride
- Library Trailheads
- Park Book Nooks
- Community Ranger Talks
- Packing the Parks
- Find Your Park
- America’s Best Idea
- Volunteer Service Opportunities
- Art in the Parks
Rep. Jared Huffman, U.S. Congressman for California's 2nd District, at Muir Woods National Monument:
Ten Little Free Libraries have been placed across the Golden Gate National Parks. Take a book or leave a book. Find adventure on the trail and on the page!
Every Kid In a Park
All across America, 4th graders can receive passes to gain free entry to all national parks, from now through August 2016. Visit everykidinapark.gov for details and to receive your pass!
San Francisco Public Library Summer Stride
As part of a robust partnership with San Francisco Public Library, the 2016 summer reading program for kids (and adults!) will center on the national parks. The program will kick off with a Junior Ranger "swearing-in" ceremony on Crissy Field in May. Complete the challenge to become an official “Reading Ranger” and receive a Centennial commemorative tote!
In summer 2016, visit the trailheads at eight libraries throughout the city to discover activities and events in the parks; learn how to get free shuttle bus rides to park sites; and find the best reads about parks, the outdoors, and adventure. Visit your local library and experience a small slice of the national park experience.
Park Book Nooks
Ten Little Free Libraries are scattered throughout the park at some of the best reading spots in the outdoors. Visit Book Nooks to participate in the free book exchange! Also, take your picture and show the pic at any park store or visitor center to receive your free commemorative Centennial item.
Community Ranger Talks
Each month, National Park Service rangers will visit a branch of the San Francisco Public Library system and bring the joy and wonder of the parks to neighborhoods all across the city.
Junior Ranger Jamboree
On May 7, thousands of 4th graders and their families enjoyed a day of play and learning at Crissy Field as they were sworn-in as official Junior Rangers—and sing “Happy Birthday” to the National Park Service. This Centennial commemoration also celebrated the 15th anniversary of the opening of the restored Crissy Field.
Packing the Parks
In July 2016, participants in the LINC and I-YEL youth leadership programs will backpack through the Golden Gate National Parks—challenging themselves and bringing awareness to the Centennial and the National Park Service mission.
Find Your Park
In 2015, the NPS launched a nationwide campaign encouraging all people to experience their parks. Visit FindYourPark.com to discover your next national park adventure.
America’s Best Idea
Originally released in 2009, Ken Burns’ authoritative six-part documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea will be rebroadcast on PBS on April 25–30, 2016; check local listings.
Volunteer Service Opportunities
Give back to your national parks through volunteer activities celebrating National Park Week (April 16–24), National Trails Day (June 4), National Public Lands Day (September 24), or any day of the year! Visit parksconservancy.org/volunteer to get started.
Art in the Parks
Creative artistic works illuminate new dimensions of our national parks. See for yourself at Golden Gate, and explore events by park partners such as the Headlands Center for the Arts and Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. Watch our Centennial Arts video series “100 Years of Arts in the Parks” to learn about the last one hundred years of arts in the parks.
More About the NPS Centennial
- Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!
- National Trails Day: Pitch In and Get Out to Explore!
- Explore New Worlds this Summer, From Tales to Trails
- Urban Fellow Connects East Bay Communities with Parks
- Buffalo Soldiers: The First African American 'Park Rangers'
- Go-Go Boots and the Green and Gray
- Find Your Park Day of Service Honoring Veterans Day (Sat., Nov. 19)