National Park Week Features Free Admission and Nationwide Events

The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation is inviting everyone to visit America’s nearly 400 national parks during National Park Week 2012. Celebrating the theme, “Picture Yourself in a National Park,” National Park Week will run from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29.

National parks will mark the annual celebration with special events and activities, including Volunteer Day on April 21, Earth Day on April 22 and Junior Ranger Day on April 28.  From ranger-led hikes and kayak trips to camping and exploring, park visitors can plan their National Park Week at

“America’s national parks have something for everyone,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. He notes that  admission is free to all 397 parks, all week long.