Happy 100th Birthday National Park Service!

by Andrea Wackerle

This year, the National Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday! This centennial is near and dear to our hearts at SOAR because National Parks make many of our adventures possible!

“The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.” At SOAR, we believe that the great outdoors provides endless opportunities to develop independence, life skills, and self-confidence. It also supplies the world’s largest platform to develop new hobbies, interests, and to realize new strengths!

Here are just a few of the amazing National Parks that are campers, students, and gappers visit each year. Thank you to the National Park Service for making these adventures possible. Happy Birthday!

Yellowstone National Park


All of our Wyoming campers get to spend a few days exploring Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone National Park is also one of the first stops on our Gappers regional expedition!

Dry Tortugas National Park


All of our Florida Keys campers spend three days soaking up the beauty of Dry Tortugas National Park. The crystal clear waters are the perfect spot for snorkeling and sea kayaking.

Channel Islands National Park


Channel Islands National Park is the first stop on our CA Coastal Adventure. Campers take in the incredible views while snorkeling, sea kayaking, sea caving, and day hiking!

Yosemite National Park


Yosemite National Park is just one of the incredible National Parks campers get to explore on our CA Expedition. Here campers will find themselves surrounded by giant sequoias, magnificent waterfalls, and deep valleys surrounded by towering granite cliffs.

The Blue Ridge Parkway


The Blue Ridge Parkway is a major part of our NC Campers’ experience. Just minutes from our Balsam Base, it provides endless views and explorations for campers.