Gulf Islands National Seashore Will Offer Free Admission on August 25 WASHINGTON – Gulf Islands National Seashore will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by waiving its normal entrance fee of $8 on Monday, August 25. Superintendent Dan Brown encourages visitors and residents to come explore and enjoy the beautiful beaches, museum, programs, historic forts, and recreational opportunities which abound within the National Seashore. “National parks belong to all Americans and offer something for everyone. So come visit Gulf Islands National Seashore and wander a trail or take in the scenery.” In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the world’s first national park. There were 37 national parks in the United States when President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916. Today, there are 401 national parks throughout the country and each one tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov. Gulf Islands National Seashore was established in 1971 to preserve for the recognition of certain historic values at Fort San Carlos, Advanced Redoubt, Fort Barrancas, and Fort Pickens in Florida and Fort Massachusetts in Mississippi and for other recreational values. The mission of the National Park Service also extends beyond park boundaries. Community partnerships help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To see what is happening in Florida, go to www.nps.gov/FL.