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Yosemite National Park Celebrates National Park Week and Earth Day with Special Programs and Activities (2012)

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Date: April 10, 2012

National Park Week April 21 - April 29
Earth Day April 22

Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day beginning Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29.Many special events and activities are being sponsored by the National Park Service (NPS), DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (the park's primary concessioner), and the Ansel Adams Gallery.

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 Picture Yourself in a National Park.Many of the programs and events during this week will encourage visitors to experience something new in a national park.Visitors will have the opportunity to experience special activities and learn how to support national parks throughout the country.

Events and activities occurring during National Park Week include:

Friday, April 20:

  • 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Earth Day Bike Ride

  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: Earth Day Family Night

Saturday, April 21 (National Junior Ranger Day and Earth Day Celebrations):

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Ansel Adams Gallery Photography Walk
  • 9:00 a.m.: Stewardship Project
  • 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Earth Day and Junior Ranger Celebration at Yosemite Village

            * Yosemite Village Mall Celebration

            * Children's Tent

            * Earth-Friendly Product Fair

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: National Junior Ranger Day Walk
  • 11:00 a.m.: Camino de Guardaparques Jovenes
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Sustainable "Salad Bar" Tasting
  • 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Universal Waste Collection
  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Earth Day Cake and Lemonade
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: National Volunteer Day Trash Pick - Up
  • 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Ansel Adams Gallery Photography Walk
  • 2:30 p.m.: Camino Cultural con un Guardaparque
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Ansel Adams Gallery Fine Print Tour
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: National Junior Ranger Day Walk
  • 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.: Spring Twilight Stroll
  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Meet our Rangers

Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day):

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Ansel Adams Gallery Photography Walk
  • 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.: Earth Day Volunteer Project
  • 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Ansel Adams Photography Walk
  • 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: Ansel Adams Gallery Fine Print Tour
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.: EarthDance Film Festival

Monday, April 23:

  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: National Parks in the Sky

Tuesday, April 24:

  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Go with the Flow: Tracing the Merced River

Wednesday, April 25:

  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Chinese History in Yosemite

Thursday, April 26:

  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Primeval Ponderings, A Meander Through the Wilderness

Friday, April 27:

  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: The National Parks Idea Started…. Here

Saturday, April 28:

  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: Frogs: The Thin Green Line

Sunday, April 29:

  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.: This is America

For more information and a description on all events please visit http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/guide.htmand click on the current "Yosemite Guide" link or call 209-372-0200.

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