September Events (By Region) - National Park Service Centennial

In honor of the National Park Service’s 99th Birthday, the National Parks Depot crew has come up with a list of amazing events happening in September! Don’t forget that the NPS is giving you FREE admission to ALL national parks on September 26, 2015. We’d just like to compliment their amazing generosity by providing you with a small list of events organized by region!

So wherever you are, #FindYourPark and enjoy all that our parks have to offer. Cheers!

National Park Services September 2015 Events


9/1/2015 - 9/6/2015
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, CO
Daily Summer Ranger Programs
*Check link for specified times

9/1/2015 - 9/18/2015
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, CO
Yoga Hike
Join Ranger Denise for yoga along the trail! Hikes are approximately 1-2 miles, with stops for peaceful stretching. *Check link for specified days.

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Florissant Fossil Beds, National Monument, CO
Night Sky Stargaze - “The Milky Way”
Park Rangers team up with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to share the wonders of the Night Sky! We start with a Ranger presentation, then step outside for stargazing with telescopes.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Channel Islands National Park, CA
Coastal Cleanup
California Coastal Cleanup is a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bucket) event. Bags and gloves will be available for those who do not have reusable supplies. A waiver is required and will be made available at the event.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA
Nature Bridge Hike
NatureBridge in the Marin Headlands is hosting a hike for the centennial!
*Check link for specific times

Juan Bautista de Anza, National Historic Trail
Tour Oakland Parks with the Anza Trail (Caminatas Familiares)
Tour Oakland with the Anza Trail in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month | Caminatas familiares en Oakland por la ruta histórica de Anza.
*Check link for specific times

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, CO
Night Sky Special Event - Total Lunar Eclipse!
Park Rangers team up with the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society to share the wonders of the night sky. Join us tonight for a special astronomical event: a Total Lunar Eclipse!

September 2015 (Ongoing)
Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA
Reach Higher Trail Challenge Kick-off
Take your fitness to new heights and celebrate 100 years of outdoor fitness at Lassen with the Reach Higher Trail Challenge. Pick up a brochure at an entrance station, the Loomis Museum, or the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.
*Check link for specific times


9/4/2015 - 9/5/2015
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Cultural Demonstrations at Desert View Watchtower
Interact with members of Grand Canyon National Park's 11 traditionally associated tribes as they demonstrate their crafts and culture at the Desert View Watchtower throughout the spring and summer seasons.
*Check for specific times

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
White Sands National Monument, NM
American Indian Artists: Craft Show & Demonstration

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Aztec Ruins National Monument, NM
Anna Sofaer: “Experiencing Chaco’s Cosmography in Virtual Journeys on Ancient Chaco Roads”
A free public lecture by Anna Sofaer, President of the Solstice Project, and assisted by Rich Friedman, Researcher and GIS Specialist

Tumacacori National Historical Park, AZ
Fee Free Day!
*Check link for specific times


10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, OH
The 2015 Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival
Welcome, welcome! It's that time of the year to join us on the historic prairie where the Wright Brothers made history! The Great Wright Brothers Aero Carnival is back for another year of family fun! Tons of fun activities for all ages.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, IA
Plant Your Park
Volunteers can help national park staff plant trees or native prairie plants.
*Check for specific times

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, OH
The Prairie
The Huffman Prairie isn't just about the Wright brothers and the first flights of the practical airplane. Join a park ranger to discover the natural aspect of this important natural feature.


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pea Ridge National Military Park, AR
Program - Women in the Civil War

8:30 AM - 1:00 PM & 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, GA
Trail Work Day
The Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club is a group of volunteers who assist the National Park Service by maintaining the 20+ miles of trails in the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
George Washington Memorial Parkway, VA
Find Your Park Day of Service in Washington, DC
Join SCA to commemorate the September 11th Day of Service and Remembrance at Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove at George Washington Memorial Parkway.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Cumberland Island National Seashore, GA
Starry Nights
Music programming and kids activities. Hosted by Cumberland Island National Seashore in partnership with Starry Nights.


Valley Forge National Historical Park, PA
Valley Forge Family Day
Valley Forge Family Day will have educational activities appropriate for all ages during the afternoon. Walking of 1-2 miles is necessary to experience most activities.
*Check for specific times


  • FAY HARPLE says...

    Is Valley Forge park free on national park day september 26th 2015?

    On Sep 25, 2015

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