Zion National Park Celebrates National Park Week
Contact: Marc Neidig, 435-772-0164
Contact: David Eaker, 435-772-7811
Zion National Park will join other national parks throughout the country in celebrating National Park Week from Saturday, April 16 to Sunday, April 24. Entrance to all national parks is free during National Park Week.
The growing connection between public lands and public health is the focus of National Park Week in 2011. “National parks have always been great places to go on vacation, have fun, and learn something, but for millions of Americans national parks are also a daily part of a healthy lifestyle,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said. “If you’ve never thought of your national parks that way, we’d like to invite you to come out to see how parks can help you meet your fitness goals. Getting outside and moving is the first step.”
During the week, Zion National Park invites volunteers to join a roadside and trail clean-up project. Volunteers are asked to gather at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center on Saturday, April 16 at 9:00 a.m. The project will last until 1:00 p.m. Participants should wear clothing appropriate for working outside, including a hat and sturdy shoes or boots. No registration is required. Please contact Zion National Park’s volunteer coordinator at 435-772-0184 for more information.
On Saturday, April 23, children are invited to participate in Junior Ranger Day in Zion Canyon. Park rangers will conduct programs for children and families in the park and will participate in the annual Zion Canyon Earth Day Celebration in Springdale, Utah. For specific information about the ranger-led program offerings, please visit www.nps.gov/zion, or inquire at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center.
The Zion Natural History Association will offer discounts on selected items at the bookstores in the park’s visitor centers and museum.
Park visitors are reminded that the fee waiver is valid through Sunday, April 24. Visitors who plan to be in the park beyond this date must pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay. The fee waiver applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, tunnel traffic control, or backcountry permits.
Did You Know?
During the summer or fall, you may see a tarantula crossing a road or trail in Zion National Park. But don’t be frightened-- tarantulas are actually amazing arachnids--gentle, basically harmless creatures that have suffered a bum rap. More...