Celebrate National Park Week with FREE admission and FREE events in many of the 400 national parks in the USA, including festivities marking the 150th birthday of Yellowstone National Park, one of the most famous and most visited parks in the world.
National Park Week, April 16 through 24, encourages all of us to discover something new about their national parks.
With at least one in every state, national parks provide close-to-home opportunities to engage the senses and experience something different during each visit.
Every park has remarkable features and lesser-known gems so consider adding some new places to your bucket list and explore a path less taken.
Free admission day is Saturday, April 16, one of a half-dozen free admission days in 2022.
National Park Week 2022 Theme
The overall theme for National Park Week is “sPark Connections.”
Saturday, April 16: sPark Discovery
National Park Week kicks off with a fee-free day to encourage everyone to find something new by visiting a national park, especially one that may be close to home, a park you haven’t considered visiting, or one you never realized is a national park.
Sunday, April 17: sPark Creativity
National parks have inspired artistic expression and creativity for generations.
- Which park features inspire your creativity?
Monday, April 18: sPark Collaboration
Partners and friends expand the reach and offerings of national parks.
- Find out how can you get involved or participate in opportunities.
Tuesday, April 19: sPark Innovation
Long needed and significant investments are being made in national park infrastructure. New technology is helping tackle the climate crisis.
- Explore what’s new in parks and how the efforts improve the visitor experience.
Wednesday, April 20: sPark Opportunities
Learn about the employment opportunities available in national parks through the federal government and a variety of partner organizations.
- It could be the start of a new career.
Thursday, April 21: sPark Preservation
The National Park Service, park partners, and visitors share in the responsibility to preserve historic, cultural, natural and recreational resources.
- Explore the role you play in the recreate responsibly movement.
Friday, April 22: sPark Action
On Earth Day we look at the health of the environment and how we impact its wellbeing and vice versa.
- What actions can we all take to help?
Saturday, April 23: sPark Curiosity
Hmm, how did…? Through Junior Ranger programs and other activities, find the answers to questions you have about geology, wildlife, history, or dozens of other topics related to national parks.
Sunday, April 24: sPark Memories
Generations of visitors have created life-long memories in national parks.
- Share your own memories or traditions created during visits to national parks.
The best place to start any national park trip is with a stop at NPS.gov or the official NPS app. You can search for parks by state, activity, or topic and get the latest updates and details about each park.
Involve the kids in planning your next park visit by using the new online Junior Ranger Park Explorer program “Ready, Set, Go” where they can complete activities and print a badge.
In partnership with the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation and more than 450 park partner groups help support and raise awareness about the full range of national parks across the country, including those off the beaten path.
“National Park Week is a great time to explore a lesser-known site,” said National Park Foundation President and CEO Will Shafroth. “In 2021, most park visits occurred in just 25 parks. This National Park Week, try something new. There is so much beauty and cultural heritage to experience in your own backyard.”
Join the conversation and share favorite memories, tips and stories about national parks using the hashtag #NationalParkWeek and #sParkConnections.
“Since Yellowstone National Park was established 150 years ago, over 400 extraordinary places have been added to the National Park System,” said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams.
Throughout the country, these sites are sources of inspiration, recreation, and education—each one preserving and sharing a part of our national story. I hope National Park Week provides a spark to visit a nearby national park and make some memories.”
About the National Park Service.
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 423 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.
- Learn more at www.nps.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
About the National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation works to protect wildlife and park lands, preserve history and culture, educate and engage youth, and connect people everywhere to the wonder of parks. We do it in collaboration with the National Park Service, the park partner community, and with the generous support of donors, without whom the work would not be possible.
- Learn more at nationalparks.org.
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