Rocky Mountain National Park is a favorite for visitors.
If you love America’s national parks as much as we do, you’ll be excited to learn about different ways the National Park Service, National Park Foundation, and other groups plan to celebrate National Park Week, April 17-25, 2021. Here are the theme days that the National Park Foundation—the official charity of America’s national parks--has planned to encourage you to visit, explore, and perhaps volunteer during that week:
Park Rx Day--
outdoors supports wellness in a number of ways, making you stronger,
happier, healthier, and more productive. Discover NPF programs that
are helping parks be more resilient and sustainable, as well as
those that contribute to landscape and wildlife conservation. As
a bonus, this is a “fee free” day for parks that charge to visit.
Hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park
April 18: Volunteers in
trails to planting trees to assisting archaeologists, volunteers
are critical in providing support for NPS. Explore NPF communities and workforce programs that help grow
the capacity of NPS and our partners.
19: Military Monday-- For
active-duty military and veterans, as well as their families, national
parks can provide a place of solitude, beauty, reflection, and recreation. Discover
the stories of military history, veterans and military members that are
preserved in parks across the country.
Lake Helen in Lassen Volcanic National Park
Tuesday-- NPS has been protecting and preserving lands and historic structures
for over 100 years. Discover NPF’s work in landscape and wildlife conservation,
to preserving history and culture, and investments we’re making in parks of the future for future generations.
Rafting in Big Bend National Park in Texas
21: Wayback Wednesday—Be inspired
by NPF’s continued work in history and culture to support the preservation of
historic sites, collections, and artifacts in parks that share these stories,
and our support to ensure such treasures will be accessible for centuries
|Old Faithful in Yellowstone
23: Friendship Friday—Working
within communities, NPF helps expand the capacity of parks nationwide, leading
to stronger, healthier parks.
24: Junior Ranger Day--NPS’s
Junior Ranger programs help young park visitors connect with our shared history,
heritage, and national parks. Find a Junior Ranger program in a park near you
or earn a digital Junior Ranger badge from home. Young visitors are
encouraged to establish meaningful connections in our parks through education,
engagement, and outdoor exploration.
Hiking in the rainforest of
Olympic National Park
25: B.A.R.K. Day--Learn
the B.A.R.K. Ranger principles for when you bring Fido on a trip to
a pet-friendly park and discover the many roles dogs play in parks, especially by
encouraging multicultural and multigenerational families to spend time outdoors
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier