National Park Week

National Park Week is America's largest celebration of national heritage. It's about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It's all happening in your national parks. The National Park Service is once again partnering with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, to present National Park Week from April 15 to 23, 2017.

Watch Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke's invitation to explore a park near you during National Park Week.

Come Celebrate National Park Week!

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Discover all there is to see and do in your national parks. With many exciting opportunities to enjoy nature and our nation's unique cultural heritage, what will your adventure be?

See audio-described version of the National Park Week video.

Now's The Time!

Plan your visit by what you want to do or where you want to go. Here are some highlights during National Park Week:
  • April 15–16 and 22–23: Visit for free!
    On these National Park Week weekends, every national park will give you free admission!
  • April 15: Junior Ranger Day
    Calling kids of all ages! Earn a Junior Ranger badge at one of the many fun programs happening at parks across the country.
  • April 22: Earth Day
    Join a volunteer project or simply enjoy the natural wonders and wildlife preserved in national parks.
  • April 23: Park Rx Day
    Get healthy and active in a national park with a ranger-led program or with family and friends. Learn more about Park Rx Day.
  • April 23: Volunteer Recognition Day
    Find volunteer opportunities at a national park. If you are a current volunteer, share your story of why you volunteer and be recognized on social media. Learn more about Volunteer Recognition Day.
Try something new this year. Find your park!

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  • Scotts Bluff National Monument

    "An Artist's Perception" Art Show

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    See beautiful works of art and vote for your favorite. More

    Time:
    8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Location:
    Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free with valid entrance pass
  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    2017 National Park Week

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve will celebrate National Park Week with special programs available to visitors More

    Location:
    Kingsley Plantation and Fort Caroline National Memorial
    Fees:
    Free
  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

    Buffalo Soldiers Exhibit

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Discover the story of the Buffalo Soldiers, the African American troops of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments. More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Chalmette Battlefield, Chalmette
    Fees:
    free
  • Keweenaw National Historical Park

    15th Annual High School Local History Smackdown!

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Join us for the 15th Annual High School Local History Smackdown competition! More

    Time:
    7:00 PM
    Location:
    Calumet Theatre, located at 340 6th St., Calumet, MI 49913
    Fees:
    None
  • Isle Royale National Park

    Portage Lake Library Program: Underworld Explorers

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    People have been visiting caves for thousands of years. Meet some of these cave explorers from the past and present. More

    Time:
    6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    Location:
    Portage Lake District Library
    Fees:
    Free
  • Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

    April Sunrise Spectacular!!

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    View the sunrise from the Pinnacle Overlook. More

    Time:
    6:00 AM
    Location:
    Pinnacle Overlook
    Fees:
    Free!
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    National Park Treasures: Celebrating Conservation

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Please join Scott Abella, UNLV ecology professor and Alice Newton, park vegetation manager as they share the conservation challenges and successes of the National Park Service restoration efforts. More

    Location:
    Lake Mead Visitor Center
  • Lowell National Historical Park

    Clay Ceramics- Cambodian Kiln Program

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Join master ceramicist Yary Livan in making your own clay creations, with this free, two-session class for kids! Make, glaze, and fire your own masterpieces in a traditional Cambodian kiln. More

    Time:
    1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Boott Cotton Mills Museum
    Fees:
    Free
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

    Foothills Feature

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    Take a close-up look at the oak woodlands with a ranger. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 10:15 AM
    Location:
    Foothills Visitor Center, Sequoia National Park
    Fees:
    Free
  • Kings Mountain National Military Park

    Park Rx Day

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    This hike has been rescheduled from 4/23 to 4/29 due to forecast bad weather. More

    Time:
    10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Free!
  • Cowpens National Battlefield

    Park Rx Day 2017

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    This hike has been rescheduled from 4/23 to 4/29 because of bad weather. More

    Time:
    10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Location:
    Nature Trail
    Fees:
    Free!
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    Birding 101

    Sunday, May 21, 2017

    Explore the shores of Rodeo Lagoon and enjoy local birds with docent Jane Haley! Reservation required, please call 415-331-1540. More

    Time:
    9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Marin Headlands
    Fees:
    Free