National Parks Offering Free Week in April

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As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2016, families wanting to visit one of 410 national parks across the country may do so for free April 16 through 24.

The free week coincides with National Park Week and all visitors will be granted free admission. National Park Week kicks off with National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 16. Parks will offer kid-oriented activities and will unveil a new Centennial Junior Ranger booklet and badge. Throughout National Park Week, many parks will host Every Kid in a Park events, encouraging fourth grade students to visit national parks with a free annual pass.

Other events include an education summit on April 20, events to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, and Park RxDay, where medical personnel will be on hand to promote health and wellness with free health screenings on April 24.

Learn more about national parks near you in National Park Vacation Ideas.

–Lissa Poirot

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