Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 25 – National Park Week

National Park sites across the nation will be open free of charge Saturday, April 17 – Sunday, April 25, celebrating National Park Week.  Fitness is the theme for this year’s event.

There will be hundreds of family friendly events on Saturday, April 24, for National Junior Ranger Day. Each child participating in Junior Ranger activities will receive a certificate, patch, or pin. Other National Park Week highlights include the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and the 75th anniversary of the nation’s most visited national park,  the Blue Ridge Parkway. Normally, 146 of 392 national parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25. The other 246 do not charge for admission.

The fee free waiver for National Park Week does not include other fees such as fees charged for camping, and concessions. For more information, log on to