The National Park Service (NPS) invites you to share your park story during National Park Week 2023.

Beginning April 22, 2023, the NPS kicks off a 9-day celebration, National Park Week, honoring some of our most beautiful and historical places.

All national park sites will waive entrance fees for visitors on the celebration’s first day, April 22.

April 29 is National Junior Ranger Day when many parks offer programs where children can explore, learn, and protect. Some parks provide online events for families unable to visit during National Park Week.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the events and activities you can find at your local parks.

Will host a birding expedition on April 22, 8:00 am, along the historic Towpath Trail, where visitors can search for early spring migrating birds.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

On April 29, 9:00 am, you can participate in a guided tour to search for and identify wildflowers.

On April 22 and April 29 at 9:00 am, where you can assist with gardening at Chellberg Farm.

Indiana Dunes National Park

On April 23 and 30, visitors can tour the Chellberg Farm or join a ranger-led hike through Miller Woods to the Lake Michigan shore.

Activities will occur at Dickey Ridge Visitor Center at 11:00 am and Byrd Visitor Center at 10:30, 2:30, and 4:00. Kids can participate in a scavenger hunt and see a park fire engine and a search and rescue vehicle.

Shenandoah National Park

Will hold a museum demonstration lab from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Visitors can chat with paleontologists and observe them cleaning and preserving fossils.

Petrified Forest National Park

Will host forest walks on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Guests can learn about the giant coastal redwoods during the guided tour.

Redwood National and State Parks

How can you tell your story? Use #MyParkStory from April 22-30 when posting online about your connections to or memories of your favorite park.

There are plenty of opportunities to participate in this year’s National Park Week, both online and in person. You could add a chapter to your story.

For more information about this amazing week, click below. 

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