USA National Park Week 2016

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Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse Acadia National Park
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse in Acadia National Park photo credit: NPS

Americans are encouraged to get out and enjoy nature during National Park Week, April 16 – 24, 2016. All National Park Service (NPS) entrance fees will be waived during National Park Week.

Located throughout the USA, national parks feature beautiful landscapes, diverse culture, and rich heritage. During National Park Week, the NPS and the National Park Foundation, invite the public to discover and share their own unique connections to 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.

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.

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source: National Park Service