It's the first day of National Park Week 2021!
What is National Park Week? According to the National Park Service, "National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park." National Parks across the country will host special programing, events, and digital experiences.
National Park Week Theme Days
International Park Prescription (ParkRx) Day
Earth Day is happening
National Junior Ranger Day
BARK Ranger Day
Did you know?
The United States of America has 63 National Parks and 423 National Park sites. National Park sites include historic landmarks, monuments, battlefields, and scenic waterways. Each state also has its own state parks and state historic sites that have been constructed or preserved to honor the state’s history and/or natural resources. National Parks Service protects and stewards 85 million acres across the U.S.!
Visiting your national and parks is a great way to learn about geology, ecology, history, wildlife habitat, and why it’s important to protect our natural playgrounds and wild spaces.
What is the largest national park site? Smallest?
Largest: Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, AK, at 13.2 million acres
Smallest: Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, PA, at 0.02 acres
What was the most visited national park in 2020?
Blue Ridge Parkway with 14.1 million visitors
Golden Gate National Recreation Area with 12.4 million visitors
Great Smoky Mountains National Park with 12.1 million visitors
To find your National Park, visit this NPS' website.
Or to attend an in-person or virtual event check out NPS' event list.
See you on the trail!