National Park Week

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What "stars" will you discover in parks during National Park Week?


For one week each April, we join with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, to celebrate America's treasures. National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park!

The theme for National Park Week in 2018 is “Park Stars,” celebrating everything from starry skies to superstar volunteers, park features, and resources. Parks, programs, and partners nationwide invite people everywhere to explore stories, experiences, and sites that brighten the National Park System and public lands.

Get ready to celebrate National Park Week 2018 from April 21 through 29! Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs and events.


For our park partners, there are great ways to engage with National Park Week through social media and other programs! Email us to receive a toolkit with more information, graphics, and resources to help you with this!

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  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    2018 National Park Week

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

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

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    • Location: Kingsley Plantation and Fort Caroline National Memorial
    • Fees: Free
  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

    2018 National Park Week: A Star-Crossed Colony?

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Everyday

    There seem to be as many theories about what happened to the Lost Colony as there are stars in the sky. Learn more about the history and mystery.

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    • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM,1:00 PM to 1:30 PM,3:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    • Location: Meet at the reconstructed earthen fort
    • Fees: free!
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    2018 National Park Week: Like a Guiding Star

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Everyday

    The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse has been a beacon of safe passage for mariners at sea. Learn more about this sentinel.

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    • Time: 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Pavilion
    • Fees: free!
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial

    2018 National Park Week: Wind & Sand (and Stars!)

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Everyday

    Step back in history during this short walk to learn about aviation megastars Wilbur and Orville Wright and the lasting impact of their first flight.

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    • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM,1:00 PM to 1:30 PM,3:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Meet at the Reconstructed Camp Building
    • Fees: free!
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    Bodie Island: Bodie Island Lighthouse Climbing

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Everyday

    At Bodie Island, you have the chance to climb the lighthouse at your own pace and take in the gorgeous natural surroundings of Bodie Island, the Atlantic Ocean, and Pamlico Sound. View details to best plan for your climb.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM
    • Location: Bodie Island Lighthouse
    • Fees: Climbing tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens (62 or older), children 11 years of age and under, and the disabled.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway

    Children's Earth Anthem

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    The AC Reynolds 7th grade choir with sing songs celebrating America’s strength and diversity.

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    • Time: 11:30 AM
    • Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, Milepost 384.5
    • Fees: Free
  • Point Reyes National Seashore

    Earth Week 2018 Electronics Recycling Collection

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    On Thursday, April 26, Point Reyes National Seashore will host an electronic waste (e-waste) recycling collection at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    • Location: Bear Valley Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Capitol Reef National Park

    Fruita History Walk

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Join Rangers Rick and Lynne to learn about the lives of the Mormon pioneers that settled the Fruita area. 1.5 hour easy walk. Meet at the Picnic Area, 1 mile (1.6 km) south on the Scenic Drive.

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    • Time: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
    • Location: Picnic Area
    • Fees: free
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    Hatteras Island: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Climbing

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Everyday

    Climbing the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a unique experience. The climb is self-paced and provides views from the tallest brick lighthouse in North America. View details to best plan your climb.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM
    • Location: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
    • Fees: Climbing tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for senior citizens (62 or older), children (11 and under, and at least 42" tall), and the disabled.
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Join a park ranger and learn about the history of the National Parks.

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    • Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Asheville Visitor Center at Parkway Milepost 384.5
    • Fees: Free
  • African Burial Ground National Monument

    National Park Week

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Movie: Eastern National Parks and Historic Sites (135 mins)

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    • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:15 PM
    • Location: 290 Broadway African Burial Ground museum
    • Fees: Free
  • Castle Clinton National Monument

    National Park Week

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    National Park Week events

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    • Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Castle Clinton NM
    • Fees: free
  • Thomas Edison National Historical Park

    National Park Week

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    It's National Park Week April 21-29, 2018.

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    • Time: 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Laboratory Complex
    • Fees: Entrance Fee Required
  • Shenandoah National Park

    National Park Week

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Everyday

    National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park!

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    • Location: All National Parks
    • Fees: Fee free on April 21. Normal entrance fee charged all other days.
  • Pipestone National Monument

    National Park Week

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    National Park Week’s 1st Day Free Entry

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    • Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Pipestone National Monument
    • Fees: Free Admission
  • Homestead National Monument of America

    National Park Week

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Happy National Park Week! Homestead National Monument of America is just one of over 400 national parks around the country. Visit a park near you this week to celebrate and enjoy all of these treasured places.

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    • Location: Homestead National Monument of America
    • Fees: Free
  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

    National Park Week at Acadian Cultural Center

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Discover YOUR parks during National Park Week!

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM,8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Acadian Cultural Center, Lafayette
    • Fees: free
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Join Park Ranger Dean Gallagher and witness the eruptions from Kīlauea Volcano’s not-so-distant past on this moderately difficult 3-mile (4.8 km) round-trip hike to the caldera floor.

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    • Time: 2:00 PM
    • Location: Meet at Kīlauea Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free event - Park entrance fees apply
  • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

    Plan A Trip: Namekagon River

    Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Paddle or fish a new river! Watch a short presentation about the Namekagon River and discover “Ranger Recommended” trips on this tributary to the St. Croix. There will be a question and answer period to help you plan your trip.

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    • Time: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
    • Location: St. Croix River Visitor Center, St. Croix Falls, WI
    • Fees: Free
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018

    Everyday

    Join Ranger Val to honor the “Year of the Bird” with stories about the winged wonders of Isle Royale National Park. Fly over to the Portage Lake District Library on Wednesday April 25 and Thursday April 26 at 10:15 am.

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    • Time: 10:15 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Portage Lake District Library, Houghton, MI
    • Fees: Free
  • Fire Island National Seashore

    11th Biennial Science Conference

    Friday, April 27, 2018

    Hear from researchers and resource managers about the science of the seashore.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Fire Island National Seashore: Patchogue-Watch Hill Ferry Terminal
    • Fees: Free
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