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The National Park Service Turns 100

The National Park Service turns 100 years old on August 25. To celebrate, all of the national parks are free through the weekend. Special events at parks around the U.S. will celebrate the anniversary. President Woodrow Wilson created the National Park Service on August 25, 1916. Thanks to the celebration, visits to national parks around the U.S. are up over three percent in 2016.
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FILE - The Wassataquoik Stream flows through Township 3, Range 8, Maine, on land owned by environmentalist Roxanne Quimby, the founder of Burts Bees, Aug. 4, 2015. It is now part of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, founded on Aug. 24, 2016.
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FILE - The Wassataquoik Stream flows through Township 3, Range 8, Maine, on land owned by environmentalist Roxanne Quimby, the founder of Burts Bees, Aug. 4, 2015. It is now part of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, founded on Aug. 24, 2016.

People on the National Mall in Washington, looking toward the World War II Memorial, Aug. 25, 2016, recreate a giant, living version of the National Park Service emblem, using brown, green and white umbrellas.
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People on the National Mall in Washington, looking toward the World War II Memorial, Aug. 25, 2016, recreate a giant, living version of the National Park Service emblem, using brown, green and white umbrellas.

Water plunges 300 feet over Vernal Fall onto the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California.
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Water plunges 300 feet over Vernal Fall onto the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California.

Snow covers the entrance sign to Glacier National Park in December, 2012 in West Glacier, Montana.
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Snow covers the entrance sign to Glacier National Park in December, 2012 in West Glacier, Montana.

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