The National Park Service (NPS) turns 96 years young
on Saturday, August 25. National parks across the country
will host special programs celebrating the ongoing legacy
of the founders of the NPS. Parking fees will be waived at
Gateway National Recreation Area for the day.
"The best birthday present you can give the
National Park Service is to visit one of your national
parks, explore, enjoy and learn something new," said
Superintendent Linda Canzanelli. "Those of us who work
for the NPS are proud to walk in the bootprints of our
founding women and men."
Special Founders Day events include:
Founders' Day Campfire, Great
Kills Park, Staten Island (parking lot G), 7 P.M. Roast
marshmallows and listen to live music. For seating, bring
a lawnchair or towel.
7th annual Shorebird Festival, Jamaica
Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 8:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. Day-long
program includes walks and talks at JBWR by many leading
bird experts. Program held with NYC Audubon. For more
information, call 718-318-9344 or email
Hike trails and identify edible plants, Sandy Hook,
N.J. (parking lot M), 9-11 A.M. Cost: $5 per person.
Bring binoculars, sunscreen, water and comfortable shoes.
Call 732-291-0055 for more information.
Saturdays in the summer are usually special at
Gateway. Regularly scheduled Saturday events
See the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project
(HARP) at Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field. Speak with
the volunteers who restore historic aircraft at Hangar B,
near the camping areas. Open 9 A.M. to 4 P.M., with tours
Walk-up and Kayak at Canarsie Pier, Brooklyn and at
Riis Landing, Queens, Saturdays from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. No
Tour Battery Gunnison at Sandy Hook, N.J. with
volunteers from the Army Ground Forces Association 1-8
P.M. or walk through Battery Potter 1-4:30 P.M.