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Manzanar Hosts 100th National Park Service
Birthday Celebration August 25 and 27

August 25, 2016 marks the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. The public is invited to join Manzanar National Historic Site in celebrating the centennial year on Thursday August 25, 2016 and Saturday August 27, 2016 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in the visitor center lobby. There will be free cake, fruit, and activities for all ages to enjoy!
“As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th Anniversary, I think it is critical for us to remember sites like Manzanar that tell the stories of civil rights which are part of the fabric of our American history and are inclusive of all people. It is such an honor to be the steward of this very important story,” Superintendent Bernadette Johnson said.

Visitors can also view the award-winning film Remembering Manzanar, visitor center exhibits, and award-winning barracks exhibits. They can drive a 3-mile self-guiding tour or explore on foot to see the cemetery and obelisk monument, as well as a number of gardens and ponds built by Japanese Americans.

Visitors can also explore century-old orchards from the pre-war town of Manzanar. Manzanar National Historic Site Visitor Center and Block 14 barracks are open from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm daily. The site itself is open from sunrise to sunset.

Manzanar National Historic Site is located at 5001 Hwy. 395, six miles south of Independence, California. Admission is free. For further information, please call (760) 878-2194 ext. 3310, visit the website at, or explore our pages for “ManzanarNationalHistoricSite” on Facebook and “ManzanarNPS” Instagram….

Devils Postpile

Mammoth Lakes, CA – Friends of the Inyo and the National Park Service invite everyone, both Mammoth Lakes residents and visitors, to come to Devils Postpile on August 27th for the Founder’s Day Celebration Weekend Volunteer Project.

The event is part of a summer long partnership between Friends of the Inyo and Devils Postpile National Monument to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service by offering opportunities for the public to survey, restore, and clean up this beautiful place near Mammoth.

Hosted with support from the California Wildlands Grassroots Fund of the Rose Foundation, the project will be an opportunity for everyone to enjoy and connect with Devils Postpile, a unique geologic and scenic treasure, by working to maintain trails and clean up well-loved areas.

Each volunteer will receive a free shuttle pass, breakfast, lunch, and raffle ticket. Volunteers should catch the 8:00 am shuttle bus at the Adventure Center at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area’s Main Lodge.

The event begins at 9:00 at the amphitheater behind the Devils Postpile Ranger Station with a welcoming introduction and safety talk.

Friends of the Inyo appreciates the overwhelming public support for all of its stewardship work on public lands across the Eastern Sierra Nevada. The National Park Service Centennial celebration is the perfect occasion for people to get out and show their love and support for Devils Postpile National Monument.

Details: Founder’s Day Celebration Weekend Volunteer Event at Devils Postpile National Monument Saturday, August 27, 2016 8:00 Shuttle Bus at Adventure Center at the Main Lodge 9:00 Event begins at amphitheater behind Devils Postpile Ranger Station Free shuttle pass, breakfast, lunch, and raffle included for each volunteer. For more info, visit Friends of the Inyo’s website:


Established in 1911 by presidential proclamation, Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery. The formation is a rare sight in the geologic world and ranks as one of the world’s finest examples of columnar basalt. The National Park Service, which turns 100 on August 25, 2016, manages Devils Postpile National Monument.



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