Free Entry and Special Activities Highlight National Parks Week
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced free admission to all National Park Service (NPS) sites, including Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (NRA), from April 16 through April 24 to help celebrate National Parks Week. National Parks Week provides an opportunity to engage families and communities in America’s Great Outdoors, reconnecting them with nature and creating opportunities for people to get outside, be active, and have fun.
This year’s theme is "Healthy Parks, Healthy People." "Parks are a great untapped resource in fostering health and wellness across the U.S.," said NPS Director Jon Jarvis. "Our national parks have always been loved for their symbolism and scenery, but we aim to increase the awareness of all parks as places for exercise and healthy living."
At Glen Canyon NRA, in addition to free entry, several special activities will also be taking place.
On Saturday, April 16, the park will participate in the City of Page’s "Page Attacks Trash" program. Volunteer park staff will help facilitate cleaning up litter in The Chains area, Swim Beach, and other locations. Those interested in participating in this event may report to the Page Townhouse on North Navajo or to Glen Canyon NRA headquarters on Highway 89. The event will take place from 7 a.m.to 11:30 a.m.
On Friday, April 22 (Earth Day), there will be an Open House from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Page Unified School District’s (PUSD) Greenhouse located adjacent to the football stadium. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and PUSD invite members of the community to come and view the greenhouse and participate in fun and educational activities! Activities include making seeded paper sheets with recycled paper and locally collected native seeds, learning about local native plants with native plant coloring books, repotting native plants, and a watershed model demonstration.
Two special events will take place on Saturday, April 23 in the Lees Ferry Historic District. The first event is a Clean-up day that will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Lonely Dell Ranch. Volunteers will be cleaning and rehabilitating irrigation ditches in the orchard and sanding and varnishing picnic tables.
The second event will be a special demonstration by Glen Canyon’s current Artist-in-Park, Robert Dalegowski. The event will be from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Navajo Bridge Interpretive Center. Mr. Dalegowski will demonstrate the plein air style of watercolor painting he uses to capture the dramatic beauty of landscapes on the Colorado Plateau. Visitors who attend the event are invited to paint alongside the artist. Rain and/or strong winds may force this event to be cancelled.
Also on April 23, Interpretive Ranger Cynthia Adams will be leading a hike to the Hanging Gardens area. This hike will focus on the ethnobotany of the region. Meet at the Hanging Garden trailhead (off Highway 89, just before the bridge on the east side). The hike will be leaving promptly at 9 a.m. and will last 1 to 2 hours. Bring at least 1 liter of water, sturdy hiking boots, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Hikers may also want to bring a camera, binoculars, and/or a wildflower guide book.
Throughout NPS Week a special activity sheet highlighting the National Park System and its employees will be offered to Junior Rangers at the Carl Hayden Visitor Center.
Visitors are reminded that the fee waiver applies to entrance fees only and does not affect camping, boating or river use fees. Additional admission-free days are planned for June 21, September 25, and November 11-13. For more information on fee-free opportunities in park units around the country, please visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm
Please call 928-628-6404 or visit www.nps.gov/glca for more information about National Park Week and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
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