City of Rocks National Reserve Celebrates 96th Birthday of the National Park Service
WASHINGTON: City of Rocks National Reserve will celebrate the 96th birthday of the National Park
Service by holding a Kids Day Camp on Saturday, August 25. Ranger-led activities including a nature
scavenger hunt will take place beginning at the Visitor Center from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. A two-mile
guided sunset hike will be offered at the Circle Creek Overlook at 7:00 P.M.
“Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everyone, especially the children of America, to join
the party,” said City of Rocks National Reserve Superintendent Wallace Keck. “National parks belong
to all Americans and offer something for everyone – so visit the reserve, wander a trail, take in the
scenery, climb a rock, or rediscover the emigrant history along the California Trail of 1843-1882.
Children especially enjoy the popular Junior Ranger program where they earn a badge by taking part
in kid-friendly activities.”
The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916. The United States was the first
country in the world to set aside its most significant places as national parks so that they could be
enjoyed by all. Today, we care for 397 national parks throughout the country – each one an important
part of our collective identity. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others
conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn
something. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov/findapark.
The mission of the National Park Service extends beyond parks into communities across the country
where we work with partners to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational
opportunities that revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life. To see what we do here in
Idaho, go to www.nps.gov/ID.