National Park Week

The nation is buzzing about National Park Week, America's largest celebration of national heritage, April 18–26, 2015. 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.

A group of kids walk along a wooden pole at Gateway National Recreation Area

Fun is part of the action at Gateway National Recreation Area where healthy activities are designed to get kids outdoors.

Photo by David Monroy

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, a presidentially proclaimed celebration of our national heritage.

Now's the time
Plan your visit by what you want to do or where you want to go. Browse the event calendar and check out the special programs offered throughout the week. Here are some highlights during National Park Week:

Two girls smile from a wooden fence

NPS/Buddy Secor

April 18 and 19:
On opening weekend
of National Park Week every national park will give you free admission!
Two kids show their Junior Ranger badges

Photo by Sheila Edwards

April 18:
On National Junior Ranger Day
, parks will invite young visitors to explore, learn, protect and be sworn in as junior rangers.

Two volunteers on a trail work project

David Snyder for the NPS

April 22:
This earth day
, if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project, look for a park where you can help out.

Don't forget to check out There you can share your national park photos, videos, and tips. While you're there, learn all about the ways you can help support your national parks all year round.

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