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Celebrating 100 years of national parks

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(D Mason)

The National Park Service is celebrating 100 years of preservation Thursday.

The actual centennial birthday of the National Park Service is at the end of August, but the celebration has been going on all year.

The National Park Service has been offering discounts and hosting special events all year to promote this special milestone in U.S. history.

This celebration has caused attendance to be at an all-time high.

Most Attended National Parks in 2015 | Graphiq

The National Park Service urges you to get out and explore our nations parks all over the country. They've even thrown in some incentive. On August 25-28, The National Park Service birthday weekend, NPS will offer free admission to their 400 plus National Parks around the United States.

The National Park Service was created Aug. 25, 1916. The first park to be recognized in Florida was Everglades National Park in 1947.

Today, Florida has 11 NPS units recognized by the National Park Service. From sandy seashores on the Gulf of Mexico to the coral reefs in Key West, Florida is known for it's natural beauty. 

National Parks play a pivotal role in stimulating local economies and promoting tourism in Florida. In 2015, there were 9,900 jobs in Florida alone relating to National Parks. These jobs ranged from retail to park ranger. With more people visiting these parks, visitor spending is on an upward trend. 643 million dollars were accumulated in 2015. Up from 2014 by almost 20 million dollars and putting Florida in the 9th spot in visitor spending in the U.S.