National Park Week Offers Free Entrance To National Parks
For those looking for something to do later on this month without spending a fortune, National Park Week may be a perfect opportunity. From April 21 through April 29, the entrance fee for all 397 parks in the national park system will be waived allowing for free entrance. Most national parks do not charge an entrance fee anytime during the year, but those that do will not during this week. Many of the park vendors and partners will also be providing discounts in conjunction with the week to further savings.
As part of National Park Week, April 21 has been designated Volunteer Day where anyone willing to get their hands dirty can help on a variety of projects to protect and enhance the parks. Volunteer opportunities vary from park to park, so it's necessary to contact the parks you plan to visit to see what volunteer opportunities they have prepared for Volunteer Day.
In addition, April 28 has been designated National Junior Ranger Day where kids will have the chance to "explore, learn, and protect" the national parks. Each child will also have the opportunity to be sworn in as a Junior Ranger.
While National Park Week is a great time to visit national parks at no cost, it isn't the only time this year that will be free. There are national park free days June 9 for Get Outdoors Day, September 29 for National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 10 - 12 for the Veterans Day weekend.
Visiting nation parks during the week has the added important benefit of supporting the local economy of the many communities that exist around the parks. For those wanting to take advantage of this opportunity, only park entrance fees are being waived for National Park Week. Other common national park fees such as fees for camping, lodging, and park activities will still be collected.
(Photo courtesy of NPB)