National Parks Week
Every April the National Park Service joins with the National Park Foundation to give the opportunity to explore, learn about the culture and help your National Park thrive.
This year, from Saturday April 16th to April 24th, there will be events both in person and virtually that people can attend, as well as a chance to visit a National Park for free on the first day! There are over 400 national parks, all different shapes and sizes and some aren't named 'National Park'! Be sure to check the park's website before visiting for the latest safety information and guidence, including social distancing and mask wearing.
This year the theme is 'sPark connections'. Each day, you can spark a new connection in some way and post on social media with their hashtag. Here is the list of the days and their connections!
April 16: sPark Discovery National Park Week kicks off with a fee-free day to encourage everyone to find something new by visiting a national park, especially one that may be close to home, a park you haven't considered visiting, or one you never realized is a national park! What new national park will you discover? #sParkDiscovery
Sunday, April 17: sPark Creativity National parks have inspired artistic expression and creativity for generations. What is your park muse? What masterpiece can you create? #sParkCuriosity
Monday, April 18: sPark Collaboration We get along with a little help from our friends. Meet our many partners that help expand our reach and offerings and connect people to parks. How can you get involved or participate in opportunities? #sParkCollaboration
Tuesday, April 19: sPark Innovation The National Park Service incorporates the latest technology to support conservation and preservation efforts while consistently working to improve the visitor experience. How can we surprise you with innovation? #sParkInnovation
Wednesday, April 20: sPark Opportunities On Workforce Wednesday, learn about the work we do and the employment opportunities available in the National Park Service and with partner organizations. How can you join? #sParkOpportunities
Thursday, April 21: sPark Preservation The National Park Service is a leader and partner in preservation of historic, cultural, natural and recreational resources nationally—and even internationally! How can you get involved in preservation? #sParkPreservation
Friday, April 22: sPark Action On Earth Day we look at the health of the environment and how we impact its wellbeing and vice versa. What actions can you do to contribute to a healthy world? #sParkAction
Saturday, April 23: sPark Curiosity The National Park Service preserves and protects unique places with fascinating stories and unique landscapes. What are you curious about? What fascinating things can you discover? #sParkCuriosity
Sunday, April 24: sPark Memories Generations of visitors have created lasting memories in national parks. What memories and traditions will you create? #sParkMemories
Spark your own connections and visit your National Park this week!