Earth Day

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Earth Day is part of National Park Week, an annual nine-day celebration.

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Earth Day is a global celebration encouraging education and stewardship of the planet's natural resources. Whether in a backyard, neighborhood green space, or a magnificent national park, the National Park Service (NPS) provides opportunities for everyone to discover and enjoy the physical and psychological benefits that come with spending time outdoors.

  • Learn about earth sciencesExplore nature in national parks to gain knowledge about the planet's incredible resources preserved for current and future generations.
  • Be a steward—Each individual person can make an impact preserving earth's resources through individual volunteering keeping natural spaces clean and using Leave No Trace principles when visiting national parks.
  • For kids—Go on an adventure learning about nature by becoming a Junior Explorer!

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Earth Day 2020—Going Digital!

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, the NPS is highlighting earth sciences and stewardship of natural resources throughout April. The global celebration is going digital this year with our parks, programs, and partners highlighting online resources and things to do in your own community. Check back for more ideas.

Visiting a Park

National parks offer limitless ways to connect with Earth's natural resources through recreation and stewardship. Each person can make a difference while outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace principles.

At this time, the NPS is taking extraordinary steps to implement the latest guidance from state and local authorities, which support the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's efforts to promote social distancing and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Find the latest information on the NPS response to COVID-19. If you do choose to visit, check individual park websites for alerts and changes in operations and remember to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and other ways to protect yourself and others.

Social Media 

Share your favorite national park photos, moments, or online resources such as Junior Ranger books or virtual ranger tours on social media using #EarthDay and #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque.

Scientists in Action

Explore Earth Sciences in Parks

Last updated: March 28, 2020