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Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) is proud to celebrate 100 years as “America’s Best Idea.” To celebrate such a great feat, we think it’s the perfect time for a #ThrowbackThursday.

With 100 years of service, comes a lot of change and decades of fantastic memories. We have been privileged and honored to steward many of these historic sites over the years, including Great Falls Park, Thompson Boat Center, and Carter Barron Amphitheatre. Do you recognize any of these NPS locations? Let us know if you have any old NPS pictures and tag Guest Services when you share them on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram, and, we’ll share your pictures!

C&O CanalC&O Canal

We can’t get enough of this picture of an old boat tour on the C&O Canal. Take a look at the mules pulling the boat! How times have changed… Back in the old days, mules would take “towpaths,” or paths beside the canal, and tow the boats down the canal. This certainly makes us more appreciative of the modern (and more efficient) technology we have today! Do you know anyone who took a horse-drawn boat tour on the C&O Canal? Share with us on social media!

Visit: C&O Canal’s Website


Carter BarronCarter Barron Amphitheater

Carter Barron Amphitheater was packed full for this ballet performance years ago! Do you recognize this performance? We would love for you to share the performance name and year with us! All these years later, Carter Barron Amphitheatre still hosts excellent concerts, movie nights, and fun performances like this one.

Visit: Carter Barron Amphitheater’s Website



GreatFallsGreat Falls Park, MD

Just a glimpse into years past at what appears to be a welcome center at Great Falls Park, MD. Take a look at guests enjoying a beautiful afternoon at Great Falls. A relaxing day at Great Falls is a timeless classic that never grows old!

Visit: Great Falls Park’s Website





Thompson Boat Center

We think it’s amazing that Thompson Boat Center has been hosting droves of visitors all these years! It was just as packed and popular venue then as it is today. Share your fun memories of an afternoon on the water, and don’t forget to visit and continue to make more great memories with Thompson Boat Center!

Visit: Thompson Boat Center’s Website


Join the Conversation!

Do you recognize anyone in these pictures or know the year a picture was taken? Please let us know! As we said above, we’d absolutely love to see all the fun pictures you have from visits to America’s beautiful national parks. Here’s to another 100 years of memories from all of us at Guest Services!

It’s Time to Get Your Family Outdoors!

Technology is great, but we could all really work on getting our kids outdoors more. This summer, the National Park Service invites all 4th graders and families of 4th graders to join us to learn more about America’s National Parks. From now until August 31, 4th graders or 10-year-olds have the chance to serve as ambassadors for the National Park Service. It’s a great way to spark your kids’ interest in nature as well as promote a love of learning! America is lucky to have such a beautiful National Park System that we can use to learn about wildlife, nature, and the past. Protecting these National Parks is the key to our planet’s survival.

How This Program Works

10-year-olds and 4th graders can visit Every Kid in a Park and play a fun online game to earn a voucher for a free 4th Grade Annual Pass. When you and your 4th grader visit a National Park, you can use this voucher to earn free admission; however, your 4th grader must be present for this voucher to take effect.

Each voucher comes with a unique serial number that will be recorded by the park staff. You can exchange this voucher for the 4th Grade Annual Pass, which we recommend you take and place on your dashboard when parked on federal lands. Although this pass is not necessary at all National Parks, some do require it.

Time to Get Planning!

Now that you know what you need to do to get your 4th grader their free 4th Grade Annual Pass, it’s time to start planning your trip to a National Park. To find a park near you, you can visit Find Your Park to learn more about parks in your area.

Come Prepared

As always, safety is the most important thing to remember wherever you go. Be sure to pack the essentials when you visit a National Park. And remember, cell service is not always available at certain National Parks, so check your phone calls, texts, and emails before visiting a park. Here are just some of the most important essentials that we recommend you bring when visiting a National Park:

  • Water
  • Healthy snacks
  • A first-aid kit
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • A hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Gloves (if it’s cold)
  • Bug spray
  • A map
  • Emergency numbers

Discounts at Participating Locations

When you and your 4th grader visit a participating National Park Service location, you are eligible for a discount when your 4th grader uses their Every Kid in a Park pass. Below are the current discounts these locations offer.

East Potomac Tennis Center and Rock Creek Tennis Center
For 4th graders looking to use their Every Kid in a Park pass on tennis lessons, East Potomac Tennis Center and Rock Creek Park Tennis Center are providing 10% discounts on tennis programs or starter kits if your student is enrolled in summer camp.

 Great Falls Park
4th graders can trade in their Every Kid in a Park pass for a free 4th Grade Annual Pass at Great Falls Park in Virginia.

North Cascades Lodge at Stehekin
The Lodge at Stehekin is offering free tour rides for kids 12 and under when you visit Rainbow Falls.

Mount Rainier National Park
Kids who bring their Every Kid in a Park pass at Mount Rainier National Park will receive one complimentary meal when accompanied by a parent.

Thompson Boat Center and The Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove
Thompson Boat Center and The Boathouse at Fletcher’s Cove are offering a 10% discount on bike, canoe, and kayak rentals for 4th graders and their families when 4th graders show their Every Kid in a Park passes.

Tidal Basin Paddle Boats
When 4th graders show their Every Kid in a Park passes at Tidal Basin Paddle Boats, they will receive a 10% discount on paddle boat rentals for them and their families.

Washington Sailing Marina
Washington Sailing Marina is offering a 10% discount on bike rentals for 4th graders and their families when they show their Every Kid in a Park passes.

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