Mammoth Cave National Park will celebrate the 78th anniversary of becoming a National Park from 10 am to 3 pm on July 1 with special a Birthday Party event. Park visitors can join in free activities taking place at the park’s visitor center such as ‘Pin the Bat on the Cave,’ 1941 era trivia, and the completion of a time capsule which will be opened in 22 years at the park’s 100th birthday celebration.
Mammoth Cave National Park was designated as a national park on July 1, 1941. It is one of over 415 areas of the National Park Service whose mission is to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. Each year the park receives approximately 550,000 visitors who are inspired by the park’s rich history, geology, and biological diversity through ranger led interpretive programs or by participating in the many hiking, biking, horseback riding, and paddling opportunities found within the park’s almost 53,000 acres.
The Birthday Party events are free and open to the public, but tickets are required for all cave tours. Tours can sell out quickly during the busy summer months so visitors are encouraged to make reservations in advance though www.recreation.gov.
For more information about the schedule of activities for Mammoth Cave’s Birthday Party event, please visit nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.