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2014 National Park Week

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Date: April 7, 2014
Contact: David Elkowitz, 432-477-1108

WASHINGTON– Go wild for the history, nature, trails, wildlife, and the Rio Grande of Big Bend  National Park during National Park Week, April 19 through 27, 2014. To get the celebration going, Big Bend National Park will waive entrance fees on April 19 and 20.

Big Bend National Park will be hosting ranger programs and walking tours throughout National Park Week. Programs will be available each day of the week, including walks, short hikes, and evening programs on natural and historical topics. Two special programs will be scheduled for the week, including a park highlights talk with the Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services on April 22, Earth Day, and a special Junior Ranger program for Junior Ranger Day on April 26th.

Superintendent Cindy Ott-Jones said, "I want to make a special appeal to visitors to come to the park to enjoy our spring flowers, migratory birds, excellent opportunities for recreation, and all the ranger programs being offered during National Park Week." 

Visit http://www.nationalparkweek.org/ for more information about what is going on at Big Bend National Park and other National Park Service sites throughout the country. You can share your park experiences and photos on the website.National Park Week is also a good time to explore local parks, trails, and architectural gems sustained through National Park Service programs such as the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program and the National Register of Historic Places.

Did You Know?

Russell E. Dickenson

Russell E. Dickenson, eleventh Director of the National Park Service (May, 1980-March, 1985) served as Chief Ranger at Big Bend National Park in 1955-56. He later recalled that "Big Bend was a compression of ten years of experience into one." More...