WASHINGTON—National Park Week, running from April 20 through 28, has something for everyone! Join the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation for nine days of fun. Visit www.nationalparkweek.org for more information and a list of special events.
“National parks are sources of inspiration, recreation, and education for everyone,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. “During National Park Week, a wide variety of creative programs and events across the country will showcase these amazing places and encourage everyone to visit a park.”
To get the celebration started, there will be a lively and engaging Twitter chat on Thursday, April 18 at 1 p.m. EDT. Join the conversation and share your favorite memories, tips, and stories about national parks using the hashtags #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque. From April 18 through 28, a special limited-time park ranger emoji will appear with the use of any of these haghtags on Twitter.
National Park Week begins with an entrance fee free day on Saturday, April 20. One of five fee free days scheduled in 2019, April 20 is also National Junior Ranger Day. Almost every park will have booklets for kids loaded with activities that can be completed to earn a Junior Ranger badge.
National Park Week wraps up on Sunday, April 28 with Park Rx Day. Studies show that time in parks and nature improves physical, mental, and social health. A growing number of healthcare providers are prescribing nature as a healing tool to improve human health. Fill your Rx with a stroll, picnic, or other relaxing activity in a park.