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Contact: Amy Bartlett , (307) 344-2015
In honor of National Park Week and the National Park Service Centennial, entrance fees to Yellowstone National Park will be waived Saturday, April 16 through Sunday, April 24 . National Park Week is an annual celebration of the parks and programs in communities nationwide that have allowed generations to discover history, nature, and wildlife in irreplaceable ways.
This year’s theme for National Park Week is “Find Your Park.” The Find Your Park campaign encourages everyone to find their own connection with the vast network of public lands and places that protect and preserve our natural and cultural heritage. Visit www.FindYourPark.com to learn more about National Park Week activities throughout the country.
National Junior Ranger Day is on April 16. Visitors four years old and older, even adults young at heart, are invited to participate in the park’s year-round Junior Ranger Program. Junior Ranger books can be purchased for $3 at visitor centers.
Throughout the centennial, park-lovers are using social media to share their park experiences. Join us on April 23 for an Instameet at Old Faithful Geyser. From 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., visitors can enjoy a special ranger-led program and take photos or videos to post on Instagram (and other social media) with the hashtags: #FindYourParkInstaMeet, #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque, #NPS100.
During the week, the park will be involved in a variety of regional outreach programs, including Girls in Science on April 16 in Billings, Astronomy Day on April 17 inBozeman, Greater Yellowstone Museum Adventure on April 20 and 21 in Cody, the Kyi Yo Powwow on April 22 and 23 in Missoula, the Gardiner Earth Day Celebration on April 23 in Gardiner, and Junior Archeologist day on April 24 in Bozeman. Rangers will visit schools, conduct distance learning programs, and host six schools from Massachusetts, Montana, Washington, and Wyoming for Expedition Yellowstone as well as three other school and youth group field trips.
The Albright Visitor Center, the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center (VEC), the Canyon VEC lobby with information desk, and the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center will be open daily. The Canyon VEC exhibits and theater will open April 30. For more information, consult the park newspaper distributed at entrance stations or visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/index.htm.
Not all park roads are currently open, visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/parkroads.htm to view current road conditions and status.