The National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its 106th birthday on Thursday, Aug. 25.
The NPS was officially formed on Aug. 25, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act.
This year, to commemorate the day, the NPS said in a press release, “Have you ever visited a national park and just thought, “Wow…” or “WOW!!!”? These special moments can happen very differently to each person visiting.”
The NPS then encouraged people across the country to help them celebrate these “wow” moments via social media. “Well, it’s our birthday on August 25 and we want to celebrate those “wows” with you! Join the conversation on social media and share your wow moments using #NPSBirthday and #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque.”
Washington, D.C., is home to more than 30 national parks that are maintained by the NPS, including Rock Creek Park, the Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Historical Park, among others!