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Celebrate National Parks This Weekend

By Ashley Hume
Posted On Apr 23, 2016
Celebrate National Parks This Weekend

Earth Day was yesterday, but if you want to continue your celebration of the great outdoors this weekend, you might want to check out National Park Week. Through Sunday, April 24th, admission to all national parks is free thanks to a collaboration between the National Park Service and the official charity of America’s national parks, the National Park Foundation.

The National Park Service, an organization that maintains the more than 400 of America’s national parks, turns 100 in 2016. As part of the Centennial celebration, the National Park Service is hosting a series of events to encourage Americans to discover, explore, and be inspired by their local parks.

Not sure where your local park is located? The National Park Service is encouraging first-time park-goers to visit FindYourPark.com or to use the hashtag #FindYourPark on social media. First Lady and Honorary Co-Chair of the National Park Centennial, Michelle Obama, issued a statement challenging every American to “get out and find your park!”

If you want to make new connections or find other nature enthusiasts, the National Park Service is also presenting National Park Instameet on April 23rd. It will be a day in which people can gather at their local parks and post photos and videos to Instagram and other social media using the hashtags, #FindYourParkInstaMeet, #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque, and #NPS100.

The U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, released a call to action last fall to promote walking and walkable communities as key to improving public health. In recognition of this advice, the first National Park Rx Day will be held Sunday, April 24th. Across the United States, Americans are encouraged to visit their public parks and explore open spaces to enhance their overall health and sense of well-being.

When you plan your outing, make sure to practice fire safety while on the trail. Check your local park’s fire regulations before heading out. Exercise caution when using portable stoves and make sure to extinguish all campfires before you leave the area. If you see a fire, report it to the authorities and avoid proximity.

Channel your inner naturalist and explore your local national park this weekend!