6 Things to Love About the National Park Service Centennial

If you've ever studied a physical map of the U.S., you're well aware of the vast beauty—the mountains, rivers, valleys and plains—that exists between our world's two largest oceans. This enormous and primitive land that envelops our dense urban communities is part of what makes America extraordinary.

That's why Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act of 1916 into law one hundred years ago, creating the National Park Service in order to preserve the nation's most extraordinary scenery and the wildlife that inhabit it. The crucial goal of the NPS is to leave these awe-inspiring landscapes and physical formations unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.

In other words, without the NPS, nothing would prevent a Wal-Mart or McDonald's from setting up shop next to Old Faithful.

With that said, the NPS turning 100 years old is a monumental occasion—not just for outdoor enthusiasts, but anyone who believes in the conservation of flora and fauna—and they're throwing a yearlong party to celebrate.

In addition, many companies, organizations and individuals are finding ways to pay homage to the great work our National Park Service has done the past century.

Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate:

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