The snow is almost gone and the weather is warming up, so it’s time to get out in the wilderness in some of the country’s most beautiful national parks. To encourage people to make the most of spring and the long Easter weekend, the National Park Service is kicking off National Park Week on April 20, beginning with a free entrance day for all 418 national parks in the US.
As recommended by Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, visit FindYourPark.com (or EncuentraTuParque.com) to find parks near you and, once you’ve made up your mind on where you’ll be going, give the visitors center a call to learn about any special activities that may be scheduled, parking or transportation, and any other pieces of useful information to make your day at the park more enjoyable.
Since April 20 is also National Junior Ranger Day, it’s a great time to bring your kids along to enjoy the special programming. During the rest of National Park Week, each day is defined by a special theme; in addition to Junior Ranger Day there’s Military and Veterans Recognition Day, Earth Day, Transportation Tuesday, Wild Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, Friendship Friday, Bark Ranger Day, and Park Rx Day. To learn more about those themes, visit the National Park Foundation‘s website.