National Park Week 2018: What You Need To Know

The National Park Service teams up with the National Park Foundation annually for one week during the month of April to bring us National Park Week. A new theme is chosen each year, and this April we can look forward to “Park Stars.”

National Park Week will take place from April 21 through April 29. This year’s theme, “Park Stars,” is all about celebrating America’s park features, awesome volunteers, starry skies, and amazing resources. National parks around the US will be taking part in this event, and many of them will be offering special events and programs.

National Park Week 2018 Highlights

If you want to explore your favorite national parks but aren’t thrilled about the fees, plan your visit for April 21st! All National Park Service sites will be fee-free on this day.

National Junior Ranger Day is being celebrated on April 21st. National Junior Ranger Day is all about the kids. This is a great day to get out with the family, visit a new park, collect some awesome swag, and learn about our national parks. Kids can participate in special programs and fun activities to earn their very own Junior Ranger Badge. Find an event near you.

Volunteer Day is also being recognized on April 21st, with National Volunteer Week being celebrated during the week of April 15-22. Nearly 340,000 volunteers gave 8 million hours of their time to our parks in 2016. These individuals help preserve our natural treasures. Have you volunteered this year? Find an event.

April 22nd is Earth Day and the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System and the Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Both of these systems were established in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson. The National Park Service is encouraging people to #FindYourWay on one of America’s trails or wild and scenic rivers this year. Find unique events here.

April 28th is Military and Veteran Recognition Day. This day is about exploring America’s military history and honoring all of those who have served and continue to serve our country through commemoration and ceremonies. Did you know the NPS employs more than 5,800 active-duty military and veterans? Learn more here.

April 29th is National Park Rx Day. Park Rx programs have been created with healthcare providers and community partners that use our parks and open spaces to improve health. Today is about recognizing that nature has the ability to boost our overall health. Learn more.

Ready to celebrate? Find a new park to explore and head outdoors!

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.