The National Park Service marks its 100th anniversary on Thursday. To commemorate the day, a number of events are planned at national parks and into the weekend. Admission will be free through Sunday.
9:30 a.m.: Ranger talk – “Why Yosemite Collects,” 1.5 hours. Meet at front of Yosemite Museum, near shuttle stop 5/9.
10 a.m.: Ranger walk - 100 Years of rustic architecture, 1 hour. Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, near shuttle stop 5/9.
1 p.m.: Ranger talk - “100 years of the NPS Uniform,” 15 minutes. Yosemite Valley Indian Cultural museum, near shuttle stop 5/9.
8 p.m.: Ranger program - “Stephen T. Mather and the Founding of the National Park Service,” 1 hour. Lower Pines Campground Amphitheater, near shuttle stop 19.
Friday and Saturday
8:30 p.m.: Special centennial evening program, 1 hour. Half Dome Village Amphitheater.
CRANE FLAT / HETCH HETCHY
5 p.m.: Hetch Hetchy – “Where it all began!” 1 hour. Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service. O’Shaughnessy Dam.
8 p.m.: Campfire Program, “Stephen T. Mather and the National Park Service,” 1 hour. Crane Flat Amphitheater.
10 a.m.: Centennial celebration hike to the top of Lembert Dome, 3 hours. Moderately strenuous 3 miles. Dog Lake parking, shuttle stop 2. Bring snacks and water.
2 p.m.: Junior Ranger walk, 2 hours. Ages 7-12. Pothole Dome shuttle stop 8.
8 p.m.: Campfire – “Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial: A Musical Journey through Mountain Time,” 1 hour. Dana Circle in Tuolumne Meadows Campground.
7:45 p.m.: Sunset centennial celebration talk, 30 minutes. Glacier Point Railing, overlooking the Valley.
9 a.m.: Tour of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, 1 hour. Learn how Yosemite’s pioneers were instrumental in the birth and development of the national park idea. Meet at Wawona Covered Bridge in Pioneer Yosemite History Center.
10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.: Junior ranger talk, 15 minutes. Learn what park rangers do. Front of Wawona Visitor Center at Hill’s Studio.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Horse-Drawn Stage Rides, 10 minutes. Free rides in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Obtain pass from stage office in Pioneer Yosemite History Center.
11 a.m.: Tour of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, 1 hour.
Noon: Junior ranger talk, 15 minutes. Front of Wawona Visitor Center at Hill’s Studio.
1 p.m.: Tour of Pioneer Yosemite History Center, 1 hour.
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS
Ranger-led programs (various times TBD) – The public is welcome to learn more about the parks at ranger-led programs during this day.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Cave tours. Special discovery tour 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Cave tours will be done by candlelight. Reserve your spot at www.recreation.gov.
The history of the Park Service’s Uniforms – The Sequoia Parks Conservancy office in Three Rivers will host an open house highlighting the history of National Park Service uniforms. This will include a design contest by local students under the theme, “What will national park uniforms look like 100 years from now?”
ERSA of Red Trees pageant. The Sequoia Parks Conservancy sponsors this pageant under the Big Trees. Check show times online.