The National Park Service Centennial Stamps

During the month of April, the United States Postal Service announced a new set of National Park Service Centennial Stamps that will be issued in 2016.  In honor of the 100th anniversary of the park system, 16 different parks will be featured on Forever stamps circulated nationwide. The featured parks include images from Mount Rainer National Park in Washington, Gulf Islands National Seashore in Florida, and Haleakala National Park in Hawaii.

National Park Service Centennial Stamps Set ©2016 US Postal Service
National Park Service Centennial Stamps Set ©2016 US Postal Service

The stamp pane was designed by USPS Art Director Ethel Kessler, from Bethesda, Maryland.  The collectors sheet features a tan stamp pane and 16 stamps surrounding the image of a 1¢ Yosemite postage stamp issued in 1934.  The center text reads: “Our national parks tell distinctly American stories. Whether they inspire you to marvel at grand vistas, travel along scenic waterways and winding paths, or visit historic buildings and homes, discovery and exploration await.”

Each stamp image selected is an iconic photograph, painting, or artwork of the plants, animals, objects, or structures found in the park.

©2016 USPS
©2016 USPS

National Park Service Centennial Stamps Release

Even more exciting for Park Chasers is the celebration plans for the National Park Service centennial stamps release.  The set is scheduled to be released on June 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. during a special “first-day-of-issue” ceremony at the World Stamp Show NY-2016 in New York City. The show is held once every 10 years and brings stamp enthusiasts from around the globe together for collecting, swapping, and stamp education. Admission to the World Stamp Show NY-2016 is free, however participants are asked to pre-register online.

©2016 USPS - National Park Service Centennial Stamps
©2016 USPS

For visitors who live closer to one of the 16 parks featured in the stamp set, the National Park Service will also be hosting special “first-day-of-issue” ceremonies on location in June.  While dates and times for these events have not been announced, visitor’s are encouraged to check in with rangers about how the stamp release will be celebrated in their closest park.

©2016 USPS - National Park Service Centennial Stamps
©2016 USPS

For more information and to see each stamp image click on the park links below:

Acadia National Park

Arches National Park

Assateague Island National Seashore

Bandelier National Monument

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Everglades National Park

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Grand Canyon National Park

Gulf Island National Seashore

Haleakala National Park

Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

Mount Rainier National Park

San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Yellowstone National Park





Greg & Amy
Chasing a visit to all 400+ units in the NPS
Current Count: 130/423
Next Stop: @hawaiivolcanoes


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