Ways to Celebrate

Looking for ways to celebrate and enjoy America's treasured places during National Park Week? Check out our ideas below!

Embark on a #FindYourPark Mission

This year we’re celebrating the National Park Service’s mission to preserve our country’s natural and cultural heritage while helping all people #FindYourPark. Each day of National Park Week will carry its own special theme and everyone is invited to partake in the fun!

Get Chatty With Us

Hosted by the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service, and the Department of the Interior, a lively and engaging Twitter chat got the National Park Week party started! On April 18, 2019, a few days prior to National Park Week, park lovers united on Twitter to share their favorite memories, tips, and stories about national parks. Catch up on the conversation here. And, we welcome you to add your own thoughts and reflections using the hashtags #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque, as well as sharing and retweeting.

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 (scroll down on that page and you’ll see it!) 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 never charge an entrance fee, in celebration of National Park Week, all of them offer free admission on April 20, the first day of National Park Week. 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.

Celebrate Junior Ranger Day on April 20

Throughout the country, kids of all ages can take part in family friendly events and earn a park-specific Junior Ranger badge. At Big Thicket National Preserve, you can enjoy a one-mile walk on the Sundew Trail, learning all about carnivorous plants, and then make your very own pitcher plant bug-catcher!

Honor Service Members on April 21

Military & Veterans Recognition Day is a great time to learn the stories of how service members have impacted our parks and our nation. Parks offer a wide variety of health, wellness, recreation, and adventure programs to enhance the lives of service members, veterans, and their families. Many parks will have special activities highlighting the military histories and stories preserved at their parks.

Step Outside for Earth Day on April 22

Make it a point to get outside on Earth Day. And maybe even take more than a step! A morning walk or lunchtime jaunt to your local park is a great way to take in some fresh air and relish all that our planet offers. And if you’re feeling social, invite some family and friends to join you!

Switch Up Your Routine on April 23

Transportation Tuesday invites us to reflect on how old and new modes of transportation transform our parks and the world. Take a moment to think about how you normally travel to parks and perhaps consider a different option next time. Always drive? Maybe you could try biking to your local park. Is public transportation available? Can’t hurt to do a little research and find out.

Discover Something Wild on April 24

Everybody’s got a wild side, and your national parks are certainly no exception! Wild Wednesday is the perfect day to learn what makes each park wild. From wildflowers to whitewater to wilderness areas to pirates — this day will have you thinking about what makes your national parks wild.

Share a Vintage Photo on April 25

#ThrowbackThursday is always a crowd pleaser. Dig up your old photo albums and share your favorite photos, memories, and experiences with the parks community online. You never know who you’ll inspire! And, if you’re looking for inspiration for yourself, check out what other people are sharing.

Give Your Park BFF A Shoutout on April 26

When it comes to super supportive friends and communities, national parks are quite lucky! So many people, organizations, and companies are proud national park supporters. On Friendship Friday, join us in exchanging stories about how we collectively take care of so many magnificent places. As the official nonprofit partner of NPS, the National Park Foundation has proudly supported your national parks for over half a century.

Bring Your Pup with You on April 27

Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated days of National Park Week 2019, Bark Ranger Day highlights pet-friendly national park activities. While not all national parks welcome pets, many do! For example, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is hosting a scavenger hunt for you and your pup, followed by a ranger-led “History with the Hounds” dog walk.

Get Your Healthy Dose of Parks

On April 28, parks and programs across the country (and park partners too!) will celebrate Park Rx Day with a variety of activities such as hikes, health screenings, yoga, and volleyball.

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