Celebrate National Park Week with Us

Rebecca WatsonNPF Blog
Four images: someone hiking; a person looking out a car window at a bison; a person rockclimbing; a person diving into clear waters

Every year, the National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, invites everyone to celebrate America’s treasured places during National Park Week and make a difference for the national parks and programs you love. The National Park Foundation (NPF) works to protect wildlife and park lands, preserve history and culture, educate and engage youth, and connect people everywhere to the wonder of our national parks. We do it in collaboration with the National Park Service, the park partner community, and with the generous support of donors, without whom our work would not be possible. 

From April 17-25, 2021, join us in celebrating National Park Week. With over 400 national parks across the country, National Park Week is a great time to explore a new park and give back to the parks you love. Discover just a few of the ways you can be a part of the celebrations this year. 

Stay Connected

A person bikes along a paved road surrounded by trees.

Biking in Glacier National Park

NPS Photo

On April 21, 2021 at 9 p.m. EST, join NPF in a Twitter chat. Share your favorite tips, memories, and stories about national parks using both #NationalParkWeek and #Park Week. Share your favorite photos from trips to national parks on Instagram and use our stickers when posting to your Instagram Stories – search for “National Park Week” or “National Park Foundation” to explore park-related digital stickers.

Tune in on April 22 at 1 p.m. EST for a virtual Earth Day event "The Future of Conservation: Engaging the Next Generation of Public Land Leaders." Hear directly from leaders about their passion and personal involvement with the conservation movement and explore how service corps programs, such as those supported by NPF, support national parks, participants, and local communities.

Follow NPF on social media and online for the latest park news and updates. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for our email newsletters for the latest tips, ideas, and news from NPF and our national parks.

Harness the Restorative Power of Parks

A park ranger in uniform with a flat hat on a rock with Joshua Trees in the background. They are in a yoga pose with one foot on the rock and the other lifted on their thigh. Their arms in a prayer position underneath their chin.

A park ranger practices some yoga at Joshua Tree National Park

NPS Photo / Kelsey Graczyk

Being outdoors supports wellness in a number of ways, making you stronger, happier, healthier, and more productive. In honor of NPS’s century-long collaboration with the U.S. Department of Public Health, the first day of National Park Week in 2021 is Park Rx Day. Tap into the tranquility of park sounds with our PARKTRACKS audio, create an at-home campout, or take a break and enjoy a game from our digital Parkcade. And remember, when in a park or anywhere outdoors, it's necessary to #RecreateResponsibly.

Parks take care of us, so let’s make sure to take care of them. NPF’s support of resilience and sustainability work is making parks more environmentally friendly and sustainable, while our work in landscape and wildlife conservation safeguards our parks’ stunning landscapes and the plants and wildlife that call them home.

Lend a Hand

A young woman is seated and leans into a bed of blooming flowers

A volunteer tends to flowers along the National Mall and Memorial Parks

Courtesy of the Trust for the National Mall / Leah Myers

NPS protects and preserves over 400 national park sites across the country. Volunteers play a critical part in helping our parks succeed – from clearing trails and providing directions to assisting archaeologists and helping with research projects. Learn about some of the different types of volunteer opportunities in parks, and find a volunteer opportunity in a park near you – or a virtual volunteer opportunity – by visiting volunteer.gov. You can also explore stories of our National Park Ambassadors and give thanks to those who maintain our parks year-round.

It’s important to give back to our parks, and over the years NPF has supported many programs that connect volunteers and communities to parks. Our work in communities and workforce helps to grow the capacity of NPS and our park partners with programs such as Park Partner Capacity Building, service corps crews, unique internship opportunities, and more.

Become a Junior Ranger

A young girl works on her Junior Ranger book.

A Junior Ranger in the making at Pinnacles National Park

NPS Photo / Kurt Moses

NPS’s Junior Ranger program helps young park visitors connect with our shared history, heritage, and national parks and April 24, 2021 is Junior Ranger Day! Enjoy fun, educational activities inspired by the parks, the stories they preserve, and the landscapes they protect. And while many Junior Rangers earn their badges while visiting a national parks, there are many ways to become a Junior Ranger online

NPF is proud to support programs that connect young visitors with our parks – from our Open OutDoors for Kids program to even supporting the creation of new Junior Ranger programs like Junior Ranger Angler and Junior Ranger Railroad Explorer! Our work in youth education and engagement helps inspire the next generations of park stewards and our outdoor exploration work helps visitors of all ages discover connections with our parks.

Take a Virtual Visit

Mother and daughter doing online activities at home

We understand that sometimes you can’t get to a park. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring the history, landscapes, and stories of national parks to you. Many national park sites across the country offer digital tours and experiences that you can access anytime, anywhere. Take a virtual tour, peer into a park via a live webcam, or enjoy a 360-degree video of a park. Explore some of the virtual visits offered by parks and plan one for your National Park Week experience. 

NPF supported the production of two 360-degree videos for our Find Your Park campaign, Tour Alexander Hamilton's New York home and Channel Islands National Park with Jordan Fisher, or explore Crater Lake National Park with Dierks Bentley.

Discover a New Park

Cypress trees line both sides of a driveway that leads to a square-shaped white building at the end of the driveway

he Cypress "Tree Tunnel" in Point Reyes National Seashore

NPS Photo

National Park Week is a great time to discover a park that's new to you, be it in person or online. Use our Find Your Park Quiz to get personalized park recommendations of places to explore digitally or on your next park visit. With historic structures, iconic landscapes, dazzling trails and rivers, cultural sites, and more protected by NPS, national parks always offer something new to learn and somewhere new to visit.

NPF’s continued work in history and culture in parks highlights and protects the sites and stories that shape our past, present, and future. With programs like NPF’s African American Experience FundWomen in Parks initiative, and more, NPF aims to expand storytelling in parks. NPF’s investment in parks of the future harnesses the power of technology and innovation to help NPS plan for the future needs of parks and their visitors. By supporting projects like accessibility enhancementsnew visitor centers, and electric vehicle charging stations, NPF is expanding the ways people can experience parks. 

National Park Week may only be one week in April, but the good news is you can enjoy and celebrate parks all year long! We invite you to join us and make a difference for the national parks and programs you love, during National Park Week and beyond. Our work would not be possible without our collaborations with the National Park Service and the park partner community, as well as the generous support of donors. Whether you give, share, join, or do all three, we're grateful that you are part of the park community. 

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