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Free Admission and Festivities for All during National Park Week. Choose a park, near or far, and discover what makes it unique. Celebrating 100 years will take on many forms throughout the year beginning with National Park week April 16 - 24, 2016. San Antonio Missions National Park in Texas

Throughout the year NPS locations offer remarkable programing for families. Each location provides a distinctive window on America and all are worthy of sharing with kids. From living history lessons at Gettysburg and Bull Run to whisper walks in Saguaro National Park and Yosemite, awesome and memorable is the order of the day. In April a week there will be even more reasons to visit a national park with your kids.  
 
Here’s the scoop. Spring is the perfect time to check out a new location or revisit one of your family’s favorite parks and free admission makes it even better. All Americans are encouraged to get out and #FindYourPark during National Park Week, April 16 through 24 when entrance fees will be waived for the week.Grand Canyon South Rim in Arizona
 
Each of the 410 national parks is a thread in the tapestry that tells the story of our country – its beautiful landscapes, diverse culture, and rich heritage. Throughout the year, and especially during National Park Week, the NPS and the National Park Foundation, invite everyone to discover and share their own unique connections to our public lands.
 
National Park Week will kick off with National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 16. Parks will host kid oriented activities and distribute the new Centennial Junior Ranger booklet and badge. Throughout the week, many parks will also host "Every Kid in a Park" events, which encourage fourth grade students to visit national parks and other public lands by offering a free annual pass. Bull Run near Manasas, virginia

Other highlights during the week include an education summit on April 20, Earth Day events on April 22, a national park InstaMeet on April 23, and Park RxDay on April 24.  Park Rx is a community health initiative where medical doctors “prescribe” time in parks to promote wellness and help prevent and treat chronic disease.  More than a dozen national parks will offer health screenings and recreational activities, including an event with the U.S. Surgeon General. 

Make it happen. Visit www.FindYourPark.com to learn more about National Park Week activities throughout the country. For the big picture and a rich menu of outstanding family experiences browse the listings at the National Park Service website which feature 410 locations coast to coast plus Hawaiian Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.  www.nps.gov.Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs that help revitalize communities and commemorate local heritage.

Make plans for summer. “Every Kid in a Park” offers ready-made adventures. Here’s the deal. Fourth graders nationwide may obtain a pass that provides free access to all federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass is valid for the entire school year and grants free entry for fourth graders and three accompanying adults or an entire car for drive-in parks at more than 2,000 federally-managed sites.

About the National Park Foundation. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service's 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America's National Parks, a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.

Content provide by National Park Service with images by Nancy Nelson-Duac, Curator of the Good Stuff for the Family Travel Files. Copyright 2016.  

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