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Celebrate National Park Week!

National Park Week is April 17-25, 2010. Entrance is free to all 392 NPS sites, including parks with archeology! Where will you go—the mounds at Hopewell Culture? Kingsley Plantation at Timucuan? Community gardens at Manzanar? Montezuma Castle? Get started on the Visit Archeology page, or find a park near you. Experience why the national parks are America’s best idea!

Thursday, April 22 is Earth Day. Come out to the parks to volunteer and participate in special events, including trash pickup, gardening, invasive weed removal, and more. Parks will host information sessions about Leave No Trace ethical principles, some of which, such as “leave what you find,” apply to archeological sites. Learn more on the Leave No Trace website.

Saturday, April 24 is Junior Ranger Day. Kids, take your parents to Canyon de Chelly for a nature walk. Explore the world of ancient Native American symbols at Glen Canyon. See petroglyphs carved in lava and learn about fishtraps at Kaloko-Honokohau. Activities and special events for kids will take place throughout the NPS system. Scheduled activities are listed on the National Park Week website.

During your visit, ask a ranger about how you can get involved. Public stewardship of America’s archeological resources plays an important role in preserving and protecting those resources for future park visitors. The NPS Get Involved page provides information. Advice specific to archeology is available for NPS lands and beyond.

Can’t get away? Try some virtual archeology. Head over to Archeology For Kids, or discover archeology in online exhibits. Learn about projects in parks and the public benefits of archeology to all kinds of audiences.

  • Glen Canyon. [photo]
  • Archeology on display at Kingsley Plantation. [photo]