National Park Week 2017: What You Need to Know

The National Park Service has teamed up with the the National Park Foundation to once again host National Park Week here in the U.S. National Park Week will run from Saturday, April 15th through Sunday, April 23rd. The main purpose of this week is to celebrate America’s heritage, explore new locations, take advantage of affordable getaways, and to show our parks some love. So, what do we have to look forward to?

Free Weekends

All national parks (410 to be exact) will be free to visitors on the weekends of April 15-16 and 22-23. Whether you’re planning to visit one of the major parks like Yosemite or one of the lesser known treasures near your house, you won’t have to worry about paying a fee to get in. Maybe it’s time to finally plan an adventure to a park you’ve been wanting to explore or perhaps you just want to get the family outdoors and spend some quality time together. Either way, this is the perfect week to do it. Not sure where to go? Find Your Park.

Special Events

Many of the parks will be offering special events throughout National Park Week. Junior Ranger Day will kick things off on the 15th, a day for kids to explore, learn, and take part in tons of family-friendly activities. Earth Day, which takes place on April 22nd, will see a lot of excitement. From beach cleanups and nature walks to yoga in the park, there’s no better way to celebrate Mother Nature than at one of our beautiful parks. April 23rd has been designated “Park Rx Day,” a day that celebrates nature as a way to wellness and encourages good health.

Parks across the nation will be offering a variety of fun activities during the week like bike rides, hikes, paddles, wildlife encounters, living history presentations, and much more. Click here to discover events near you.

Regardless of where you decide to spend National Park Week, take the time to get outside, explore new destinations, and appreciate America’s breathtaking landscapes and rich history.

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Jessica Goehring title: Administrator
Jessica is a freelance writer. She resides in Minnesota with her husband, daughter dog, and 4 cats. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and hiking.