Happy Birthday National Park Service!
Join Winnebago in celebrating the 104-year history of NPS.
By: GoLife Staff

Black and white photo of park ranger leading a family of four through park. Old Winnebago Brave in the distance

Did you know that the National Park Service was created decades after the first national park? There were actually 35 national parks and monuments in existence when the National Park Service was formed on August 25, 1916. This important organization was created to promote, regulate, and conserve our national parks in order to “leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." 

Now, 104 years and more than 400 park units later, we can thank the National Park Service for our ability to still enjoy the beauty, history, and educational opportunities found in these wonderful areas. The national parks wouldn’t be the amazing places we know and love without the hard work of National Park Service Employees. 

Winnebago family off to see Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. Photo credit: Eli & Kelly Pyke.

So, to the more than 20,000 employees who make up the National Park Service, thank you and happy birthday! Your work is so important, especially to the RVing community!

To learn more about National Park Ambassadors, read their stories, and send a note of thanks to park team members, click here!

RVers in National Parks

It’s no secret that RVers have a special relationship with our national parks. The park system spans across all 50 states – making the parks popular stops or destinations for RVers out exploring America! For more than half a century, Americans have been driving or towing their rolling homes to national parks to enjoy an extended visit to these iconic recreational areas. Many RVers will happily share how many national parks they’ve been to or their admirable goal to see all of them!

Black and white photo - caravan of motorhomes into Yosemite National Park
Motorhome caravan in Yosemite National Park. Photo courtesy Zion National Park, Photographer Fred R. Brueck, Museum Catalog Number ZION 9657

On WinnebaGoLife, we’ve featured dozens of our beloved national parks over the years, but here are some of our favorites:

Wherever you visit, there are plenty of special #FindYourPark moments waiting for you. And that’s why it is so easy to fall in love with our national parks!

Winnebago Adventurer driving down road in Mount Rainer National Park
Winnebago Adventurer in Mount Rainer National Park. Photo credit: Eli & Kelly Pyke.

Winnebago has been making motorhomes and travel trailers with the national parks in mind since the company’s inception. While styles and trends change, the goal is the same: helping people enjoy the outdoor lifestyle.  

Winnebago and the National Park Service share a long history of encouraging Americans to experience America’s greatest treasures. That’s why it makes so much sense for Winnebago to support our parks – so that RVers can continue to enjoy them for generations to come!

Black and white photo of two people and a Winnebago in the sand dunes
Throwback photo of Winnebago owners exploring the sand dunes in their RV.

Partnering with the National Park Foundation

The national parks are here for all of us and are dependent upon the support of many! Since 1967, the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, has worked in the parks we love to protect them for future generations. Like NPS, they are committed to protect the places we cherish. Their mission is to generate private support and build strategic partnerships to protect and enhance America’s national parks for present and future generations. 

Winnebago Travato parked next to mountains in Big Bend National Park
Winnebago Travato in Big Bend National Park. Photo Credit: James & Stef Adinaro of The FitRV.

In 2019, Winnebago began a long-term partnership with the National Park Foundation and is excited to help contribute to this important work. One of the ways Winnebago and NPF collaborated initially was by creating the Limited Edition National Park Foundation Travato, with a donation made to NPF for every purchase. Thanks to great styling and generous RVers, it was no surprise when this limited-edition quantity was “extended” and still quickly sold out.

This year, Winnebago wanted to get our amazing community of RVers more involved and created a collaborative sing-along video – maybe you were even in it! With every share of the ‘On the Road Again’ video on Facebook or Twitter, Winnebago is donating $1 to the National Park Foundation. 

Don’t forget to share the video – and to #FindYourPark – so we can keep protecting and preserving our beloved parks. 

Share the ‘On the Road Again’ video on Facebook. 

Share the ‘On the Road Again’ video on Twitter.



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