National Parks: A Good Example of Earth Day, Every Day

My friend Amparo emailed me Sunday that this week is also National Park Week. Here is what she wrote and the wonderful photo of a rare bird in the park that she sent me.

“Yeup, open admission to all national parks.* We went to the Everglades National Park to hike a couple of trails in the morning. Here is a picture of a rare bird conditioned to go down under water to do his fishing. The water was clear enough that we could actually watch him swim below. It was neat. Then he came out and shook his feathers off to dry and I was lucky to catch the moment on camera.” (*Just over this past week-end.)
The goal of National Parks is to preserve our wilderness and the inhabitants so it is a perfect example of  Earth Day, Every Day. Here is the message from

Looking for something fun and fantastic to do with family and friends? Head out to America’s national parks where millions of stars light up the dark night sky, deer and antelope (and a few other critters!) play on the wide open range, and history is an unbelievable experience, not a boring class lecture.

The National Park Service is proud to once again join with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to present on April 19-27, 2014, National Park Week, a presidentially proclaimed celebration of our national heritage.

You can plan your visit by what you want to do, or where you want to go … or you can browse our event calendar and check out the special programs offered throughout the week. On opening weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 19 to 20, every national park will give you free admission! Don’t miss the video below for a bit of inspiration.

On April 26, National Junior Ranger Day, parks will invite young visitors to “explore, learn, protect” and be sworn in as junior rangers. April 22 is Earth Day, so if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project, look for a park where you can help out. It’s a perfect time to simply get outdoors and take a walk in a park.

Also, don’t forget to check out There you can share your national park photos, videos, and tips. While you’re there, learn all about the ways you can help support your national parks all year round.

Get to know one of your national parks during National Park Week, and go wild… for history… for nature… for wildlife… for fun!


P.S. As my mother would say, “Another country heard from!” we received a call right after I wrote this from my husband’s son and partner.They had just come from Yosemite National Park & loved it, as did we! They said yesterday was mobbed, because it was part of the free admission. So visit your National Parks. They are a great bargain.

2 Responses to “National Parks: A Good Example of Earth Day, Every Day”

  1. Flora Buchbinder Cowen Says:

    My mother would have said, “Another COUNTRY heard from…!”

  2. Paula Says:

    Great thanks to the American leaders who had the foresight to establish the National Parks!
    Remember too the National Trust for Historic Preservation. As a member you get admission to many
    places in the USA that are on their list.

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