National Park Week: Fee-Free Day & Events


National Park Week is April 21-28, held in partnership with National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to celebrate America’s treasures. National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places and find your park!

The theme for National Park Week 2018 is “Park Stars,” celebrating everything from starry skies to superstar volunteers, park features, and resources.

Plan your next park trip with the National Park Foundation’s FREE Owner’s Guide series that’s packed with ideas for your adventure!

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 April 21

o   Fee-Free Day – free entry to all National Park Service sites.

o   National Junior Ranger Day – some parks have special activities planned. Kids of all ages can connect with parks in fun and engaging ways.

o   Volunteer Day – part of National Volunteer Week, celebrating and honoring the great contributions of national park volunteers

 April 22

o   Earth Day – honor the Earth and all it offers by participating in fun activities like the trek to the wilderness breach at Fire Island National Seashore.

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

This late afternoon shot shows Highway 12, Capitol Reef Country Scenic Byway as it winds through Capitol Reef National Park, Utah. Photo courtesy of Visit Utah.

April 28

o   Military & Veteran Recognition Day – highlighting opportunities to discover our military history and engage with our military today.

o   Free annual park pass for current U.S. military members and dependents

April 29

o   Closing out the week with National Park Rx Day – celebrating a growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve their health and well-being.


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Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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