Americans encouraged to ‘Find Your Park’ to mark anniversary

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DENVER — There are more than 400 national parks in the U.S. This year, Americans are encouraged to “Find Your Park” and mark a very special anniversary.

On Aug. 25, the National Park Service will turn 100 years old. It was created by President Woodrow Wilson, although Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 by President Ulysses S. Grant as the first national park to protect its natural landscapes.

Michelle Obama and Laura Bush are the co-chairs of the National Park Service Centennial Celebration. They are challenging Americans to get out and find their park.

The initiative encourages Americans to explore the more than 400 national parks.