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The National Parks Service is Turning 100!

August 25, 2016 is a day to celebrate as the National Parks Service will be turning 100! After a century of service, the National Parks Service has transformed many of the Nation’s most beautiful parks into historic places to remember. The National Parks Service was officially established on August 25, 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson to help protect and preserve all of the Nation’s National Parks. Now 100 years later, the National Parks Service wants everyone to join in to celebrate their Centennial.

#MyNatureSelfie Photo Contest

At Forever Resorts, we want to start this Centennial with a selfie contest for everyone to join! The #MyNatureSelfie Photo Contest will kick off on April 16th in honor of National Park Week and will last until August 16th. We want to challenge everyone to submit a selfie of yourself, in the national park of your choice. Be sure to include the hashtag #MyNatureSelfie and a description of what that national park means to you in 5 words or less. The great part of it all is that we will be giving out weekly and monthly prizes as well as one Grand Prize that will be announced on the Centennial date, August 25th. We will be providing more information in the weeks to come on Facebook and Instagram about the contest and all of the amazing prizes that will go with it.

With more than 400 National Parks to date, we can’t help but join in to celebrate the National Park Service and all that they have done to protect and preserve our beautiful parks around the Nation. Please help us make this a year to remember and find out what events are going on at each of our National Park locations for the Centennial celebration.


As a part of the Centennial celebration for the National Parks Service, we are helping celebrate Every Kid In a Park! All 4th graders can get into all National Parks, lands, and waters for free! Prior to visiting the National Park of your choice, be sure to go online to print out the free entrance pass before arriving at the park, electronic passes will not be accepted. This free entrance pass will be good at all National Parks and other federal recreation sites for an entire year. Visit to print out your 4th grader's free pass!

Grand Teton National Park Scenic Float Trip

Additionally, our team at Signal Mountain Lodge is offering a free Scenic Float Trip through Grand Teton National Park to all Every Kid in a Park Pass holders who are camping or lodging at our park. The dates of operation for these float trips are May 7th through October 2nd. On the trip, you will float along the Snake River and enjoy the forests, wild flowers, and possible wildlife sightings including deer, elk, and even bald eagles. You can take on the shorter leg of the trip that is 10 miles long and lasts around 3.5 hours or the 20 mile trip that lasts about 4.5 to 6 hours.

2016 Scenic Float Trip Rates

​10 Mile Trip:

  • Adults: $72
  • Children (aged 6-12): $47

20 Mile Trip:

  • Adults: $95
  • Children (aged 6-12): $60

Take to the water with your 4th grader this summer and contact Signal Mountain Lodge at 307.543.2831 if you would like to learn more about the Float Trip or reserve a spot at the Lodge to stay! Keep an eye out on our Facebook and our blog to find out what additional activities will be taking place at our other Forever Resorts locations in honor of the NPS Centennial Celebration. Get out to the great outdoors and find your park!


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