National Park Week is this month and we're sharing the information you need to know, as well as some special events to look forward to in celebration of the week.

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National Park Week Is Around the Corner

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This month from April 20-28, national parks across the country will celebrate National Park Week 2019. There’s no better time to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque or to learn about the incredible resources and histories preserved in these special places. To kick off the celebrations, join the #FindYourPark Twitter chat on Thursday, April 18 at 1 p.m. ET with the national park community. Parks across the National Park System will host a variety of events in honor of celebration. Have you started to plan where to visit and how to participate in this year’s National Park Week yet?

A Fee-Free Day in Your Parks

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Tired of a long commute? Frustrated with automated service assistance? Bored by your daily routine? It might be time to get out and enjoy your national parks to forget your daily stressors for a few hours. On Saturday, April 20, National Park Week 2019 kicks off with a fee-free day. All national parks will waive their entrance fees on this day, making it an optimal time to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque. Check out this fun and relatable video for even more inspiration.

Advancing the Legacy of Our National Parks

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The earliest advocates for the National Park System took steps to ensure that the country’s most spectacular treasures remained protected forever. The National Park Foundation carries on this vision, working every day to support the parks through projects that rehabilitate historic buildings, conserve species and natural resources, connect students to hands-on learning opportunities, and so much more. In 2018, the impact of our work reached new heights. Head over to the blog to see our new infographics that showcase the work made possible through your support.

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Support Your Parks

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Discover Your Inner Angler

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Fishing in national parks provides an escape from the frenzy of daily life and is an opportunity to commune with nature and loved ones. But for those who are new to the world of fishing, it can seem intimidating. Use this how-to guide for tips and tricks on getting started with this new hobby and learn how the National Park Foundation is making it easy for anglers of all skill-levels to enjoy the sport at national parks across the country.

Visiting Maine's Coastline

The rocky coast lined with cliffs and pine trees at Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park draws crowds each summer, as people flock to enjoy Maine’s natural beauty. Crashing waves and iconic sunrises are just the start of what visitors can enjoy year-round. Whether you’re an Acadia expert or looking to visit for the first time, this 3-day guide is a helpful tool as you start to plan how you’ll explore this beloved gem.

American History Preserved in Cambridge

The Longfellow House, a large, cream colored mansion with black shutters, set behind purple flowering bushes

Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site in Cambridge, MA is an impressively preserved home that has seen some of the most influential Americans in history pass through its halls. Filled with interesting antiques and mementos from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his family, each piece has a story behind it. Learn a little bit more about one of the artifacts, a mourning ribbon, preserved at the park, then consider a #FindYourPark trip to New England to see the house for yourself!

Protecting Ancient Fossils and Desert Lands

Desert landscape of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument with beige colored rock steep rock formations and sandy brush in the foreground and larger mountians in the background

Protectors of Tule Springs is a grassroots coalition turned friends group. The group paved the road to designation, rallying together to protect Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and to support programs for the interpretation and protection of park resources. This year, the group was one of 20 groups to receive a scholarship from the National Park Foundation to attend the Friends Alliance Meeting in Washington, D.C. Learn more about its work on our blog.

Finding Solace in National Parks

Loretta Veney sitting next to a bronze statue of Harriet Tubman sitting on a wooden bench at Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park

“The more we contribute, the longer these wonderful places will last. I know Tim would be glad I’m continuing to support the parks he loved.”

During their nearly 31 years of marriage, Loretta Veney and her husband Tim traveled by camper trailer to national parks from coast to coast, even taking an unforgettable helicopter ride over a glacier in Denali National Park and Preserve. After Tim passed away in 2016, Loretta continued their tradition by taking their granddaughter Kendal to as many parks as possible. The parks are places of solace for Loretta, where she feels renewed and refreshed. That’s why becoming a member of the National Park Foundation’s Stewardship Circle was an easy decision for her. Learn more about the Stewardship Circle and become a member today!

Wear Your Park Pride

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There’s no better time to show off your love for the parks than during National Park Week. The Official Find Your Park Store has just the gear you need while you #FindYourPark this spring! With new apparel and accessories on sale, now is the time to check it out. The best part? One hundred percent of the proceeds from your purchase go to the National Park Foundation to help preserve and protect America’s greatest treasures.

This Month's Quiz

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What national park is considered the “spark” of the modern-day environmental movement after its river caught on fire (for the 10th time) in 1969?

And congratulations to last month's winner, McKenna Pace, from San Diego, CA, who knew that the father of American landscape architecture, largely responsible for the creation of urban parks and green spaces, is celebrated at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

Way to go, McKenna!

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