Each April, by presidential proclamation, there is a week dedicated to celebrating the 401 units of the National Park system. This years National Park Week will be from April 19th through the 27th; with the weekend of April 19th and 20th being a fee free weekend! The National Park Service teams up with the National Parks Foundation to present National Park Week and this year their theme is “National Parks: Go Wild!”. You see watch the promotional video below that was built on that theme (the music is a little strange…).
There are various events planned at each individual unit of the National Park system to celebrate National Park Week. To find out what is happening at a park near you, go the events calendar and search for nearby parks. But some of the days of the week are themed. For example, April 26th is National Junior Rangers day! National Park Week is also coinciding with Earth Day this year. Earth Day is April 22nd and parks are encouraging people to volunteer their time at a National Park that day. You can find volunteer opportunities here.
Overall, the point of the week is just to go out and celebrate our nation’s natural areas, cultural history, and heritage. Last year I spent some of National Park Week 2013 in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. This year, I will have to stay closer to home, maybe a day trip to Golden Spike National Historic Site?
What are you doing to celebrate National Park Week?