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Saturday, April 18, 2015
National Park Service Press Release
Find Your Park During National Park Week
9 GREAT DAYS, 9 GREAT WAYS TO CELEBRATE
WASHINGTON -- From April 18 through 26, theNational Park Serviceand theNational Park Foundationwill hostNational Park Week. This year’s theme, “Find Your Park,” invites people everywhere to be a part of theFind Your Parkmovement and discover their own unique connections to parks and the programs managed by the National Park Service. Featuring free admission to all parks on April 18 and 19, and exciting activities and programs throughout the week, National Park Week is the perfect time to celebrate America’s 407 national parks and find your park.
Find Your Park showcases everything parks can be and the wide range of opportunities they have to offer, highlighting wellness, recreation, community, education, history, culture, and preservation of the environment. Find Your Park connects people to parks, redefining what a park can be and the important role they play in the lives of current and future generations.
There are countless ways to enjoy National Park Week. Check outwww.nationalparkweek.orgfor ideas on how to connect with parks, where to go and what to do. Here are nine suggestions to get you started:
Find Your Park.National Park Week is a great time to get up, get out there, and find your park! OnFindYourPark.comthere is a searchable list of ideas for ways to find your park, including in-park and digital activities. There is also a fun and interactivequizto help people jumpstart their journey.
Share Your Story.Your story could inspire others to discover their park! The public is invited to share their story on social media using #FindYourPark and at FindYourPark.com. The website features an interactive gallery of inspirational stories from the general public, National Park Service employees, and celebrities. People can also enter The Centennial Projectcontest.
Take Advantage of Free Admission Days.All National Park Service entrance fees will be waived on the opening weekend of National Park Week – April 18 and 19. While the majority of national parks provide free entrance every day of the year, the 128 parks that normally charge an admission fee will also be free to enter that weekend.
Take part in the #FindYourParkInstaMeet. From 2:00 to 4:00pmET on April 19, parks across the country including Grand Teton National Park, Everglades National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Independence National Historical Park, and Statue of Liberty National Monument will participate in the Find Your Park InstaMeet. You can join in the fun from wherever you are using the hashtags #FindYourParkInstaMeet and #FindYourPark and tagging @NationalParkService and @GoParks on Instagram.
Join the Revolution.Participate in three days of events atMinute Man National Historical Parkto commemorate the anniversary of the start of the American Revolutionary War. Events include battle demonstrations, musket firings, drills, battle demonstrations, speeches, and other ceremonies.
Be a VIP (Volunteer in Park).Lend a hand to care for your parks. Volunteer projects happening during National Park Week include atrail projectat National Capital Parks – East,habitat restorationat Cuyahoga Valley National Park,tree plantingat Flight 93 National Memorial, and ariver float and clean upat Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more atwww.nps.gov.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community atwww.nationalparks.org.