National Park Week 2021: A day-by-day guide to celebrating America’s treasured lands

March 26, 2021

America’s national parks are full of natural wonders — and you can celebrate them in April with a week-long event.

National Park Week falls on April 17-25 this year. Organized by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the week exists for all to celebrate American’s treasured places.

The week is an opportunity to celebrate the more than 400 national parks that exist throughout the country.

The official website lays out daily themes for National Park Week, including Earth Day, which is on April 22. The schedule includes suggested activities to show your support for the protection of wildlife and park lands.

Find the breakdown of the activities below.

April 17: Park RX Day
Being outside is good for your health. Take the first day to reflect on how you can make the beloved national parks stronger by exploring programs that promote park resilience and sustainability, as well as landscape and wildlife conservation.

April 18: Volunteers in Parks (VIP) Day
Give thanks by learning about National Park Ambassadors and other community and workforce programs that keep the parks stay healthy.

April 19: Military Monday
Veterans and military members are commemorated in national parks throughout the country. Reflect on achievements and sacrifices from military history, and how the NPF helps preserve these accomplishments through outdoor exploration and communities and workforce.

April 20: Transformation Tuesday
NPF has a rich heritage of protecting these national treasures for over a century, with exciting new plans. Learn about future plans and programs for national parks.

April 21: Wayback Wednesday
Take a deep dive into the history and culture of the federally protected lands. You can also join The National Park Foundation for a hosted #ParkChat on Twitter on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9 p.m. ET, where park fanatics are invited to share their favorite memories, tips, and stories about national parks using #NationalParkWeek and #ParkChat.

April 22: Earth Day
Earth Day is going stronger than ever, especially after the holiday’s 50th anniversary in 2020. Reflect on the natural wonders of the parks and how to ensure they remain healthy and vibrant.

April 23: Friendship Friday
There are many ways to become involved in the mission to protect national parks. Consider looking into programs like the park partner community, corporate partners program, and other community and workforce opportunities.

April 24: Junior Ranger Day
Get them started early! Help a child in your love become passionate about the national parks through opportunities like the digital Junior Ranger badge, as well as the more specific Junior Ranger Angler and Junior Ranger Railroad Explorer. Find more information about the NPF’s youth education and engagement programs.

April 25: B.A.R.K. Ranger Day
Because your pup loves a good hike too. Learn how the parks are friendly for pets and just how involved dogs are with the history of national parks.

Follow the National Park Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram for more info and updates.

For more ideas on how you can save the planet, visit 1Thing.

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