Download Free Park Guides
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!
Bookmark the Calendar of Events
From ranger-led programs, to festivals, to volunteer opportunities, there are exciting events taking place all across the country. Check out the National Park Service’s event calendar to discover what’s going on near you.
Take Advantage of a Really Good Deal
While the majority of our more than 400 national parks don’t have an entrance fee, there are 118 sites that do. However, in celebration of National Park Week, each of these parks are offering free admission on the first day of National Park Week, April 21. There are also free or reduced rate annual passes available for active duty military families, fourth grade students, senior citizens, volunteers, and people with permanent disabilities.
Try Something New
Catch a glimpse of the Lyrid meteor shower at Devils Tower National Monument, explore Cane River culture and traditions at the Find Your Park Festival at Cane River Creole National Historical Park, paddle through an old-growth forest at Congaree National Park, go birding at Chiricahua National Monument, or learn how to make tortillas at Tumacácori National Historical Park.
Celebrate Junior Ranger Day On April 21
Throughout the country, kids of all ages can take part in family friendly events and earn a park-specific Junior Ranger badge. And some parks even have new Junior Ranger fun to check out. For example, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park's newest Junior Ranger Activity Book celebrates the contributions of Frederick Douglass - read his words about New Bedford and walk in his footsteps 200 years after his birth.
Get Your Healthy Dose of Parks
On April 29, parks and programs across the country (and park partners too!) will celebrate National Park Prescription (ParkRx) Day with a variety of activities such as hikes, health screenings, yoga, and volleyball.
Step Outside for Earth Day
Make it a point to literally step outside on Earth Day, April 22. And if you’re feeling social, invite some family and friends to join you! With Earth Day falling on a Sunday this year, it’s a great time to mix up your weekend wrap-up routine and enjoy a nearby park adventure before Monday grabs a hold of you.