National Park Week

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What "stars" will you discover in parks during National Park Week?


For one week each April, we join with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, to celebrate America's treasures. National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park!

The theme for National Park Week in 2018 is “Park Stars,” celebrating everything from starry skies to superstar volunteers, park features, and resources. Parks, programs, and partners nationwide invite people everywhere to explore stories, experiences, and sites that brighten the National Park System and public lands.

Get ready to celebrate National Park Week 2018 from April 21 through 29! Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs and events.


For our park partners, there are great ways to engage with National Park Week through social media and other programs! Email us to receive a toolkit with more information, graphics, and resources to help you with this!

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  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

    Foothills Feature

    Monday, April 16, 2018

    Take a close-up look at the oak woodlands with a ranger.

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    • Time: 11:00 AM to 11:15 AM
    • Location: Foothills Visitor Center, Sequoia National Park
    • Fees: Free
  • Monday, April 16, 2018

    ***Notice***

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    • Time: 8:45 AM
    • Location: North Bridge, Concord
    • Fees: FREE
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    A Walk into the Past - A Living History

    Tuesday, April 17, 2018

    "A Walk into the Past" features a living history presenter, dressed in period costume and bringing back to life Thomas A. Jaggar, founder of Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and a prominent figure in the history of volcanology, the study of volcanoes.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM,12:00 PM,2:00 PM
    • Location: Kīlauea Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free event - Park entrance fees apply
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Event: Cape Cod Junior Ranger Day

    Wednesday, April 18, 2018

    Cape Cod National Seashore is celebrating National Junior Ranger Day on Wednesday, April 18, with activities at Race Point Beach and the Salt Pond Visitor Center.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Race Point Beach, Salt Pond Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Arrival of the Sudbury Militia

    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    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.

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    • Time: 11:30 AM
    • Location: North Bridge, Concord
    • Fees: FREE
  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Dawn Salute

    Thursday, April 19, 2018

    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.

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    • Time: 5:45 AM
    • Location: North Bridge, Concord
    • Fees: Free
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    2018 Bodie Island Lighthouse Climbing--Fee Free Day

    Friday, April 20, 2018

    You are invited to climb the lighthouse at no charge on opening day, April 20! Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be obtained in person, that day, on site. View details to best plan for your climb.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Bodie Island Lighthouse
    • Fees: free!
  • Friday, April 20, 2018

    You are invited to climb the lighthouse at no charge on opening day, April 20! Free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can only be obtained in person, that day, on site. View details to best plan for your climb.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
    • Fees: free!
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Earth Day Bullfrog Community Clean Up Event

    Friday, April 20, 2018

    Celebrate Earth Day weekend and Volunteer Day at a community clean-up event in Bullfrog.

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    • Time: 7:45 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Bullfrog district
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Talk: Great White Sharks

    Friday, April 20, 2018

    Join a ranger for an in-depth look at one of the ocean’s most fascinating predators. This program will examine the natural history of white sharks, their habits, and why they’re becoming the hottest topic on Cape Cod.

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    • Time: 2:00 PM
    • Location: Salt Pond Visitor Center Auditorium
    • Fees: Free
  • James A Garfield National Historic Site

    National Park Week- Fee Free Day

    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Come celebrate National Park Week at James A. Garfield National Historic Site!

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: James A. Garfield National Historic Site 8095 Mentor Avenue
    • Fees: free
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial

    2018 National Junior Ranger Day

    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Join us for National Junior Ranger Day Fun!

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Visitor Center
    • Fees: free!
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    2018 National Junior Ranger Day

    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Join us for National Junior Ranger Day fun!

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: varies
    • Fees: free!
  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

    2018 National Junior Ranger Day

    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Join us for National Junior Ranger Day Fun!

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
    • Location: Visitor Center
    • Fees: free!
  • Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve

    2018 National Park Week

    Saturday, April 21, 2018

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

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    • Location: Kingsley Plantation and Fort Caroline National Memorial
    • Fees: Free
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Bring a yoga mat or towel, sunscreen and water as you enjoy this class.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Meet at the white tent
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Enter the park for free all day long in celebration of the first day of National Park Week!

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    • Location: Wright Brothers National Memorial
    • Fees: free!
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018

    On April 21, from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm, Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA) will host drop-in volunteer beach cleanup efforts. 

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    • Time: 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: varies
    • Fees: free!
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

    Baltimore's Home of the Brave: Find Your Park After Dark

    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Visitors are invited to experience the sights and sounds of over 200 years of history, and learn about Fort McHenry's role in Baltimore's community through special living history presentations and a guided candlelight tour.

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    • Location: Visitor and Education Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore

    Bodie Island: Bodie Island Lighthouse Climbing

    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Everyday

    At Bodie Island, you have the chance to climb the lighthouse at your own pace and take in the gorgeous natural surroundings of Bodie Island, the Atlantic Ocean, and Pamlico Sound. View details to best plan for your climb.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM
    • Location: Bodie Island Lighthouse
    • Fees: Climbing tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens (62 or older), children 11 years of age and under, and the disabled.
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

    Earth Day Bullfrog Community Clean Up Event

    Saturday, April 21, 2018

    Celebrate Earth Day weekend and Volunteer Day at a community clean-up event in Bullfrog.

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    • Time: 7:45 AM to 2:00 PM
    • Location: Bullfrog district
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