National Park Week 2015 Encourages Everyone To Find Your Park

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Date: April 8, 2015

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees to Death Valley National Park and all National Park units April 18-19, 2015 to celebrate National Park Week, part of a service-wide effort to invite all Americans to experience their national parks. With 407 National Park units nationwide, every American is less than 100 miles from a national park experience.

National Park Week runs from April 18-26, 2015. As part of the week, the Death Valley National Park will promote junior ranger activities for National Junior Ranger Day on April 18. Materials are available at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.

Death Valley National Park joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched recently by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.

Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place -- it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban, and cultural parks, as well as the National Park Service programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture, and history in communities nationwide.

"Find Your Park" is also the theme for this year's National Park Week, April 18 –26. It's a great year for wildflowers, and they are abundant in higher elevations in the park. Or you can enjoy a day at the Mesquite Sand Dunes, wind your way through Golden Canyon, or stay cool with a visit to Scotty's Castle. Stroll along the salt flats at Badwater or see the colorful display of minerals at Artist's Palette. Temperatures are expected to be warm, so carry plenty of water and sunscreen, and plan outdoor activities for early in the day.

"We invite the public out to Death Valley for perhaps the last trip before real summer sets in with higher temperatures—a last chance to see the abundant wildflowers present this year. Come #HikeDeathValley or #FindYourPark—and share your stories and experiences." encourages Acting Park Superintendent Mallory Smith.

Visit www.NationalParkWeek.org to learn more about how you can join parks, programs, and partners in celebrating National Park Week across the country. www.nps.gov

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Last updated: April 8, 2015

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