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Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities (2010)

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Date: April 14, 2010

National Park Week April 17 – April 25
Earth Day April 22

Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day beginning Saturday, April 17 through Sunday, April 25.  Many special events and activities are being sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS) and DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (the park’s primary concessioner).

To help celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, has announced entrance fees will be waived for Yosemite, and all other national parks for the entire week.  Camping fees, and all other fees will still be applicable.

This year, the focus of National Park Week will be on fitness.  Many of the programs and events during this week will encourage visitors to participate in fun physical activity such as hiking, biking, and other family outdoor activities.  

Events and activities occurring during National Park Week include:
Saturday, April 17th
10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Yosemite Village Mall Celebration and Children’s Tent
5:30 p.m.: Poetry Walk with a Park Ranger
Sunday, April 18th - Wednesday, April 21st
8:30 p.m., nightly: Screening of Episode 1-4 of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Ken Burns
Earth Day Thursday, April 22nd
9:00 a.m.: Stewardship Project
2:00 p.m.: Earth Day Bike Ride
8:30 p.m.: Screening of Episode 5 of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Ken Burns
Friday, April 23rd
8:30 p.m.: Screening of Episode 6 of The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Ken Burns
Junior Ranger Day Saturday, April 24th
11:00 a.m. Junior Ranger Walk
12:00 p.m. Exploration Fair
1:00 p.m. Kids Photography Walk
2:00 p.m. Learn and Serve / Wee Wild Ones
7:30 p.m. Astronomy Day Activities
8:00 p.m. Ranger Slide Presentation

For more information please visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upload/yg10-3.pdf or call 209-372-0200.  For information on DNC events please visit yosemitepark.com

Did You Know?

Upper Yosemite Fall with spring runoff

Yosemite Falls is fed mostly by snowmelt. Peak flow usually happens in late May, but by August, Yosemite Falls is often dry. It begins flowing again a few months later, after winter snows arrive.