Baby grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park
National Parks are the treasures of America, which is why every year a whole week is dedicated to honor all the wonder and adventure they bring to our lives.
This year National Parks Week is April 19-27, 2014. Admission to all national parks will be free on the opening weekend, Saturday, April 19th and Sunday, April 20th.
You are invited to celebrate by visiting any of America’s 58 most cherished lands, from Yellowstone and Great Smoky Mountains to North Cascades and, added last year, Pinnacles.
Explore the map below to find national parks near you:
Events will be held across the nation all week, like historical reenactments, biking tours, birding expedition and star-gazing programs. Tuesday April 22nd will also be Earth Day- an excellent opportunity to volunteer in your local park as well.
If you are looking for more ideas for fun, the National Park Foundation’s Owner’s Guide includes many visitor tips as well as suggestions for romantic places, lesser-known destinations and ideal locations for family fun.
This year there is another bonus: if you go see the movie “Bears” during it’s opening week, April 18-24, producer Disneynature will make a donation on your behalf to the National Park Foundation.
Watch a trailer for “Bears” below:
Did you know that national parks return $10 in value for every $1 American taxpayers invest in them? Still, National Parks have faced numerous obstacles in recent years, from budget cuts to the government shutdown to the ongoing threat of drilling at their borders.
You can support them by simply basking in the magnificence of these one-of-a-kind landscapes!
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