National Parks Week 2023
Every April the National Park Service joins with the National Park Foundation to give people the opportunity to discover and explore the incredible and abundant wild spaces found all over the USA. From April 22 - April 30 2023, this nine day celebration will shine a spotlight on the vast and varied landscapes of over 400 National Parks - from the unique geological features of Yellowstone, Zion and the Grand Canyon National Parks, to the breathtaking majesty of the Redwoods and so much more.
These public lands are cherished as some of the most beautiful places in the World, and no matter what State you're in, you're never far from a National Park. Will you Hike, Bike, Climb, Raft, SUP (or indeed, camp in a Tree Tent!) throughout the National Parks this year?
What is National Parks week, and where did it all begin?
In 1916, the Organic Act created the National Park Service in order "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historical objects and wildlife therein...". Fast forward to 1991 - the very first National Parks Week was designated to coincide with their 75th Anniversary. Since then, every April Americans are invited to explore these unspoilt wild spaces, discover their history and culture, and learn first hand about Nature itself.
On the first day of National Park week, Saturday, April 22, all national park entrance fees will be waived for visitors, which means there really is no barrier to adventuring among some of the most iconic natural landmarks on the planet.
This year the theme is 'Your Park Story' - with the National Parks Service & National Parks Foundation inviting both their staff and the public to share their personal experiences of these beautiful locations. You can follow the Campaign using #YourParkStory, or share your own stories using #MyParkStory on social media.
Extra Tips for planning your National Parks Week adventure:
Looking for a National Park to visit?
Check out this link and discover one of the hundreds of locations you can explore: https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm
Download the National Parks Service APP
Find interactive maps, tours of park places, on-the-ground accessibility information, and much more to plan your national park adventures before and during your trip. The free app is currently available for iOS and Android devices - download in the AppStore.
Recreation.gov is working with a coalition of industry leaders to bring you top tips and guidance on how to enjoy the Outdoors safely and responsibly. Check out their brilliant resources, here: https://www.recreateresponsibly.org/campresponsibly
Preparation is Key!
Be sure to check the park's website or for a one stop shop head to recreation.gov before visiting for the latest safety information and guidance, including weather warnings and information on wildlife.
Hammock Camping How To
Our friends at Campendium have put together an awesome guide to hammock camping in the US, with general best practices for hammock camping, as well as bespoke information on a state by state basis, to make sure the next time you hang out you have the best experience for both you and the environment!