National Park Week Kicks Off On Saturday

(U.S.)-Get your walking shoes and water bottles ready: National Park Week kicks off this Saturday, April 19th. The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are proud to host the annual, presidentially proclaimed celebration of our incredible national parks.

National Park Week will take place on April 19th-27th and invites visitors to “Go Wild” for history, nature, culture, wildlife, and fun in America’s national parks. No matter what your interest may be, the national parks will surely have something that piques your curiosity.

Need a few ideas on how to join the celebration? Here are some things you can do to join the party:

–Enjoy fee-free days in our national parks on April 19th and 20th, and celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd.

–See the new Disneynature BEARS film April 18th-24th, and Disneynature will make a donation on your behalf to the National Park Foundation to protect wildlife and wild places.

–Give back and support your national parks by joining the National Park Foundation and local park Friends groups.

National Park Week is also a great time to get active on trails at your mountrushmorenearest national park. NPF’s Active Trails program promotes healthy lifestyles while also protecting and enhancing precious land and water resources. This program invites volunteers, community groups, corporate partners, students, and educators to get involved through hands-on trail work, citizen science, formal and informal learning activities, special events, and community activities.

Also taking place during National Park Week, the third annual Plant a Tree at Flight 93 reforestation event will take place at the Flight 93 National Memorial. As part of the memorial’s design landscape, some 150,000 new trees will be planted, creating a living memorial to honor the 40 men and women of Flight 93.

Approximately 400 volunteers are signed up to work together in teams to plant a total of 20,000 seedlings at the memorial over two days, April 25th-26th.

There are several national parks, monuments, and historic sites right in our own backyard, and National Parks Week is the perfect time to visit one you’ve been wanting to and haven’t yet or to revisit one of your favorites that you’ve frequented before.

In western Nebraska, visit:

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, south of Harrison

Scotts Bluff National Monument, near Scottsbluff

Chimney Rock National Historic Site, near Bayard

Niobrara National Scenic River, near Valentine

In western South Dakota, there’s:

Wind Cave National Park, north of Hot Springs

Jewel Cave National Monument, in the Black Hills

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, in the Black Hills

Badlands National Park, southeast of Rapid City

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, east of the Badlands

And in eastern Wyoming, visit:

Fort Laramie National Historic Site, northwest of Torrington

Devil’s Tower National Monument, near Sundance

For more exciting ideas and information about how you can “Go Wild” this National Park Week, visit nationalparkweek.org or visit www.nps.gov for detailed information on each historic site.

(Portions of this story taken from a National Parks Week news release)

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