2021 National Park Week

From April 17-25, the National Park Service and National Park Foundation host an annual celebration of the national park system - and I host my own celebration.

I grew up taking family hikes on the Appalachian Trail and long Saturday drives on the Blue Ridge Parkway. But I was 26 years old before I set foot inside a national park. Since then, I have been making up for lost time with new adventures in the national park system every year.

National Park Week is an annual 9-day celebration hosted by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation. During the special week each April, the national park sites across the country host special events, offer an entrance fee-free day, and encourage people to visit a site.

I use National Park Week as an excuse to write about the national park sites I’ve visited in the previous year. I’m always behind on publishing great content, so this is the time I hunker down and get it all done at once. I always have great stories to tell and information to share about my adventures in the national park system.

Mark Your Calendars

When is National Park Week in 2021?

Saturday, April 17
Junior Ranger - Fee Free Day
Sunday, April 18
Volunteer Day
Monday, April 19
Military Monday
Tuesday, April 20
Transportation Tuesday
Wednesday, April 21
Earth Day
Thursday, April 22
Throwback Thursday
Friday, April 23
Friendship Friday
Saturday, April 24
Park Rx Day
Sunday, April 25
Bark Ranger Day
New Content
Celebrating National Park Week

Each day during National Park Week, I publish new content about the national park system. Travel guides to sites I visited in the past year, essays on the park system, and road trip itineraries.

Come back to this page every day at 8 a.m. Eastern to see the new content. You can also follow me on Facebook or Twitter for daily updates.

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How Can You Participate?


Join me on Facebook for daily discussions on national park adventures, road trips, and issues.
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Find a local national park site and volunteer one day during the week.
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Use the week as an excuse to discover a new national park site or visit a favorite.
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