National Park Week

National Park Week is America's largest celebration of national heritage. It's about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It's all happening in your national parks.

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National Park Week is the time to discover national parks and the wonders they contain. Find your park!

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The National Park Service is once again partnering with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, to present National Park Week from April 15 to 23, 2017.

Now's The Time!
Plan your visit by what you want to do or where you want to go. Here are some highlights during National Park Week:
  • April 15–16 and 22–23: Visit for free!
    On these National Park Week weekends, every national park will give you free admission!
Try something new this year. Find your park!

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  • Jewel Cave National Monument

    Exlpore Our National Parks Weekend

    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    Get the 101 on all 15 parks within approximately 300 miles of Rapid City, South Dakota in preparation for free admission during National Park Week. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Journey Museum & Learning Center
  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Battle Road / Parker's Revenge Battle Demonstration

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Battle Road 2017 will feature musket firing, battle demonstrations, family activities and more. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM
    Location:
    Minute Man Visitor Center, Rt 2A Lexington
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Devils Tower National Monument

    How Do They Get Up There?

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Hang out with a ranger as they discuss rock climbing at Devils Tower National Monument. More

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Kiosk in Parking Area
    Fees:
    Park Entrance Fee
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

    Junior Ranger Day

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Find out what it takes to be a park ranger and become an official Lake Mead National Recreation Area Junior Ranger at the annual Junior Ranger Day event at Boulder Beach Picnic Area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15. Admission to the park is free. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Boulder Beach Picnic Area
  • Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

    Junior Ranger Day

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Join us to celebrate Junior Ranger Day with fun family-friendly activities. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Pearson Air Museum
    Fees:
    Free
  • Independence National Historical Park

    Junior Ranger Day

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Enjoy our Junior Ranger Day celebration with games, living history, and more! More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Franklin Court and Independence Mall next to the Liberty Bell Center
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Junior Ranger Day

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Kids and families of all ages are invited to play at Tumacácori's Junior Ranger Day. More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Tumacácori mission grounds
    Fees:
    No entrance fees
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument

    Junior Ranger Day

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    National Park Week kicks off with Junior Ranger Day. It's free! More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Fort Pulaski National Monument
    Fees:
    Free
  • Devils Tower National Monument

    Junior Ranger Program

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Families and people of all ages can join the esteemed ranks of the Junior Rangers as they learn more about our first national monument! More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
    Location:
    Kiosk in Parking Area
    Fees:
    Park Entrance Fee
  • Tumacácori National Historical Park

    Mission tour

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Normal mission tours will extend into April for special National Park Week celebration. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:45 AM,2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Tumacácori mission grounds
    Fees:
    Normal entrance fees apply
  • Gettysburg National Military Park

    National Junior Ranger Day

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Programs designed to help children and families connect with parks in ways that engage them in exploring, learning, and practicing stewardship. More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Location:
    Eisenhower National Historic Site & Gettysburg National Military Park
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    National Junior Ranger Day

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    During National Park Week, National Parks across the nation will honor and welcome new Junior Ranger. Come spend the day and earn your patch! More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
    Location:
    Sign in at the Visitor Center
    Fees:
    None
  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    National Junior Ranger Day

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Join Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in celebrating National Junior Ranger Day on April 15, 2017 as a part of National Park Week. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Ranger Station
    Fees:
    Free
  • Olympic National Park

    National Junior Ranger Day

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    2017 Junior Ranger Day Celebration More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98362
    Fees:
    Free
  • Scotts Bluff National Monument

    National Park Week

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    All National Parks are free on the 15, 16, 22 & 23 More

    Time:
    8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Location:
    Scotts Bluff National Monument
    Fees:
    Weekends are fee free
  • Steamtown National Historic Site

    National Park Week 2017

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Enjoy National Park Week 2017 at Steamtown NHS with two entrance-fee free weekends in April! More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Location:
    Lackawanna Ave at Cliff St, Scranton, PA
    Fees:
    Daily entrance fee (only) waived on April 15, 16, 22 and 23!
  • Devils Tower National Monument

    Ranger Talk

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Join a ranger to learn more about America's first national monument during a short talk. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Location:
    Kiosk in Parking Area
    Fees:
    Park Entrance Fee
  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    Wolf Trap 101

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Get an introduction to what make Wolf Trap special, focusing on the history, the creation of the park, and the park's main venue, the Filene Center. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Filene Center
    Fees:
    Free
  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Warlike Preparations at the Colonel James Barrett House

    Sunday, April 16, 2017

    Visit the Barrett House and experience the intense military preparations that helped launch America into the Revolutionary War. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Col. James Barrett House, 455 Barrett's Mill Road, Concord
    Fees:
    Free
  • Devils Tower National Monument

    National Park Week

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    Join a ranger to learn more about the national parks: America's best idea. More

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Kiosk in Parking Area
    Fees:
    Park Entrance Fee
  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Patriot's Day at Minute Man NHP - North Bridge Commemoration and Concord Parade

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    Join park staff and volunteers for a morning of commemorations and celebrations marking the 241st anniversary of the start of the American Revolutionary War. More

    Time:
    8:45 AM
    Location:
    North Bridge, Concord
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    They Made a Difference

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    Join a park ranger for special National Park Week programs which will connect Harpers Ferry's civil rights stories to other national park sites. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM
    Location:
    Lower Town, John Brown Museum, Allies for Freedom Room
    Fees:
    Free. Park entrance fees still apply.
  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Arrival of the Sudbury Militia

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    The Sudbury Companies of Minute and Militia will make their annual march to North Bridge in honor of their fellow townsmen who made the same march in 1775. They will fire volleys from North Bridge in soldierly salute. More

    Time:
    11:30 AM
    Location:
    North Bridge, Concord
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Celebrate National Park Week as we go back in time to 1966 and celebrate the 50th birthday of the National Park Service and the first year of the campground.  More

    Location:
    Campfire Circle in the B Loop
    Fees:
    Free
  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Dawn Salute

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    The Concord Minute Men and the Concord Independent Battery observe the anniversary of the April 19th battle with commemorative speeches and a 21 gun salute. More

    Time:
    5:45 AM
    Location:
    North Bridge, Concord
    Fees:
    Free
  • Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site

    Woodson Home Tours during National Park Week

    Friday, April 21, 2017

    The Woodson Home will be open for tours during the last weekend of National Park Week (April 21-23). More

    Location:
    1538 Ninth Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001
    Fees:
    Free
  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    2017 National Park Week

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    The Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve will celebrate National Park Week with special programs available to visitors More

    Location:
    Kingsley Plantation and Fort Caroline National Memorial
    Fees:
    Free
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

    A Day in the Park

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    A Day in the Park will occur on the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger Day and will give kids of all ages the opportunity to have fun while learning about how the National Park Service operates.  More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Lower Town
    Fees:
    Free
  • Denali National Park & Preserve

    Join a Ranger-led Bike Ride

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service during National Park Week by exploring Denali on bicycle! Join a ranger-led bike ride from the Teklanika Rest Stop. More

    Time:
    1:00 PM
    Location:
    Teklanika Rest Stop (Mile 29, Denali Park Road)
    Fees:
    Free
  • Devils Tower National Monument

    Live Birds of Prey Demonstration

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Experience live birds of prey presented by the Black Hills Raptor Center! More

    Time:
    2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
    Location:
    Amphitheater
    Fees:
    Park Entrance Fee
  • Niobrara National Scenic River

    Outdoor Family Fun Day

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Bring the kids to our annual exploration of fun things to do along the Niobrara NSR! Activities include canoeing, birding, archery, and more! More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Smith Falls State Park
    Fees:
    free, though State Park pass is required ($5/day, or annual pass)
  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site

    Rocket Science 101

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Come celebrate National Parks Week with Minuteman Missile National Historic Site! Join us for a paper rocket building workshop and learn some of the basic principles of rocket science. More

    Time:
    10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Location:
    Visitor Center
    Fees:
    Fee
  • George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

    The Many Hats of a Ranger Day

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Come join staff and volunteers of the George Rogers Clark NHP for its first event in the annual Summer Junior Ranger Series! More

    Time:
    1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    George Rogers Clark NHP
    Fees:
    Free
  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run ®

    Sunday, April 23, 2017

    2017 marks the 12th annual race. It's the only race that directly supports Valley Forge National Historical Park! More

    Time:
    8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Valley Forge NHP
    Fees:
    Registration fee
  • Keweenaw National Historical Park

    15th Annual High School Local History Smackdown!

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    Join us for the 15th Annual High School Local History Smackdown competition! More

    Time:
    7:00 PM
    Location:
    Calumet Theatre, located at 340 6th St., Calumet, MI 49913
    Fees:
    None

National Park Week Videos

Check out these videos created in honor of National Park Week 2016, the year the National Park Service turned 100 years old!