The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, invite people everywhere to enjoy, explore, learn, share, and give back to America’s nearly 400 national parks during National Park Week 2012.
Throughout the country, visitors can enjoy the beauty and wonder of 84 million acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic places, and cultural treasures for FREE!
National parks will mark the annual celebration with special events and activities including:
- Volunteer Day on April 21
- Earth Day on April 22
- Junior Ranger Day on April 28
Discover information about events, special activities for visitors of all ages, how to share your park adventure with other travelers, and how to support the parks.
“America’s national parks have something for everyone,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
“Take a break and experience something new, enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise, and see where history happened. And, since admission is free to all 397 parks, all week long, National Park Week is a great time to get up, get out, and explore a park.”
“This is our annual celebration of America’s best idea—our national parks,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation.
“We are proud to stand with our partners at the National Park Service and encourage people everywhere to enjoy, learn from and support our nation’s greatest treasures.”
From ranger-led hikes and kayak trips to camping and exploring, park visitors can plan their National Park Week. Event details here>
The National Park Service will also waive admission fees on five other days in 2012:
- Get Outdoors Day (June 9)
- National Public Lands Day (September 29)
- Veterans Day Weekend (November 10 to 12).
National Park Service
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.
National Park Foundation
Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts, establishing national parks as powerful learning environments, and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience, enjoy and support America’s treasured places.
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National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.
—Wallace Stegner, 1983