— Tim Share Your Story Flag as offensiveCame across this monster trying to keep warm while kayaking at 9 mile pond. I estimated it to be around 20 feet.
National Park Week
Celebrate & Support
April 19-27, 2014
Find a Park
Go Wild For Our National Parks
Each spring, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to celebrate National Park Week. This year, from April 19 – 27 YOU are invited to celebrate all that America’s more than 400 national parks have to offer with the theme “National Park Week: Go Wild!” From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes to vibrant culture and rich history, our National Park System has something for everyone.
Get a Free Pass To The Parks
Our national parks are kicking off National Park Week with fee-free entrance days on Saturday, April 19 and Sunday, April 20! So, whether it is your first trip, or one of many memorable park experiences, there couldn’t be a better time to get out and explore!
Whether you are visiting, volunteering or interested in sharing your experience with the world, below you will find helpful resources for making your National Park Week a memorable one.
Explore A National Park
Whether you’re a hiker, a historian, a romantic, a family with kids, a crowd-lover or someone seeking solitude, the National Park Foundation’s FREE Owner’s Guide series is jam-packed with ideas to help you plan your next national park adventure!
Our Owner’s Guide series includes:
- National Park Owner’s Guide
- The Places Nobody Knows
- Happy Trails: 25 Unforgettable National Park Hikes
- Parks for Play: 35 National Park Adventures For Kids Of All Ages
- And… the newest edition of our Owner’s Guide series, “I Heart Parks,” to help you plan romantic getaways with your loved one.
You can download all of these guides for FREE at www.nationalparks.org/ownersguide.
See Disneynature's Bears
This year, the National Park Foundation is proud to team with Disney to invite moviegoers everywhere to enjoy the new Disneynature “Bears” film premiering just in time for National Park Week on Friday, April 18. See “Bears” during opening week, April 18-24, and Disneynature will make a donation on your behalf to the National Park Foundation to protect wildlife & wild places!
You can go ahead and order group tickets (20+ people) at a special rate by calling 1-888-DISNEY6.
In addition, to help educate youth about bears and other wildlife, Disneynature released a FREE Educator’s Guide. The Disneynature “BEARS Educator’s Guide” includes nearly 100 pages of lessons and activities targeted to grades 2 through 6. The lessons are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, National Science Standards, and common core Language Arts and Math Standards. Download your free copy today.
Support Our National Parks
There are so many ways to support our national parks! In addition to seeing Disneynature’s "Bears", you can find some other fun ideas below. And be sure to tell us how you are giving back to our national parks!
- Join the National Park Foundation and local park Friends Groups.
- Support National Park Foundation programs including America’s Best Idea, Active Trails, and Ticket to Ride.
- Volunteer and give back in our national parks. From maintaining trails and leading guided nature walks to presenting living history demonstrations and assisting with preservation of museum artifacts, there is something for everyone!
Now for some wildly fun facts about the positive impact that National Park Foundation’s programs had in 2013:
America's Best Idea engaged more than 6,600 participants – many first time national park visitors – in learning about natural, cultural, and historical resources, exercising, developing career interests, and sharing the story of national parks with their peers.
Active Trails brought more than 27,000 park visitors out to events to get active and help build or improve 37 miles of land and water trails as well as to discover and explore new parts of the park via foot, bicycle, and kayak.
Ticket to Ride funded transportation for an estimated 67,000 students to visit their local national park. Rangers interacted with the classes before and after their field trips to instill awe and wonder in learning about the park and the rich resources within its boundaries.
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