Shine Bright as a Park-Loving Superstar this National Park Week
Parks are yours to enjoy all year long and for a stretch of days each April, National Park Week offers national park visitors special programming and events to enjoy. This year’s theme is “Park Stars,” and there’s no better way to join in the fun than reaching “Park-loving Superstar” status. Below are a few stellar ways to support our national parks during the week-long celebrations from April 21 through April 29.
How can you take advantage of the on-going programs and events if you don’t know when they are?! Keep checking in to stay current on the National Park Week 2018 festivities. For more details on local happenings, also check out the websites of the national parks near you.
Get decked out.
Pull on some NPF swag to show off your love of national parks and the importance of supporting these incredible places. Several of our participating partners are also hosting special offers in celebration of National Park Week. Check in for promotions throughout April to stock up on gear that keeps you prepared and simultaneously supports the places you love.
Learn (and share) some fun facts.
Everyone loves a fun fact, and for anyone unable to get outside to #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque this month, our blog is still teeming with resources to learn more about these incredible places and the stories they keep alive. Read about somewhere you’ve never been, like Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, or find a squirrel fact to share at your next party.
Make a donation.
The National Park Foundation community is made up of passionate enthusiasts who share a love for our national parks. Join our community by making a donation and you’ll be guaranteed updates on the latest park news. Every generous gift, no matter the size, makes an impact and supports key programs in our national parks.
Bring someone to the national parks for the first time.
Many people are still unaware of the national parks located just a stone’s throw away from their backyard. Find a friend who hasn’t yet experienced a national park and plan a #FindYourPark trip together! This could be anything from a multi-park road trip to just a few hours at an urban park. For ideas, check out our free, downloadable National Park Owner’s Guides.
Bump it up from occasional appreciation to an on-going donation.
Have you given to the National Park Foundation before? If so, it's easy to make your donation a yearly tradition through a renewal. Monthly gifts are a convenient way to ensure you consistently support our national parks without needing a reminder. The National Park Foundation continues to fund important projects on an on-going basis. Help ensure that they continue to thrive!
Find your own way to volunteer.
April 21 happens to be Volunteer Day at the parks! Consider taking a day to give back to our national parks. From acting as a volunteer guide through the Trails + Rails program at New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park to assisting Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument as a roving trail ambassador, you’re bound to find an enjoyable way to grow closer to your national park community.
Leave a legacy.
What legacy will you leave behind? From a simple gift through your retirement or life insurance plan, to a traditional bequest through your will or trust, to a gift that pays you back like a charitable gift annuity, there are many ways to guarantee that your legacy is one of supporting our parks. After all, what could be more fulfilling than ensuring that you’re helping to protect these special places for future generations?
Given this year’s “Park Stars” theme, you’d be remiss if you didn’t fit in an evening of stargazing in our national parks. Whether you visit during National Park Week or wait for another time of year, set aside an evening to enjoy the dark night skies preserved in our national parks. Stargaze, try your hand at astrophotography, or even attend a night sky event! You’d be surprised just how many national parks highlight this evening resource.
Each April, the park community unites to celebrate our national gems in a brilliant way. Everyone is welcome to participate in this week of appreciation for these historic and natural places of wonder, and the opportunities to do so are endless. When it comes to supporting our parks, reach for the stars, and hopefully, you’ll land in a national park!