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Hey guys, guess what! April 16 – 24 is National Park Week. You know what that means! Oh, you don’t? Well, allow me to suppress my excitement long enough to tell you.
It means you can get into the national parks FOR FREE!
Say whaaaa?! That’s right, friends. Put those checkbooks away (because people still use checkbooks, right?). Slide right on through that welcome booth and enjoy yourself. This week you can hike, camp, and frolic your mighty heart out on Uncle Sam’s dime.
It’s going to be a whole week of fun and exciting adventures! Check it out:
April 22nd is the day we’ve all been waiting for. Earth Day! Release your inner (or outer) hippie and get involved. Mother Earth needs you. She wants you. She desires you.
Wait, what was I saying? Right. Earth Day. A lot of the parks offer ways you can volunteer. Some will have special projects planned for Mother Earth’s Day. Call them to check it out and see if there’s a way you can help.
C’mon, everyone’s doing it.
On April 23rd, you can host or join an Instameet. That means you get a bunch of people together via Instagram to party hard and take pretty photos. This is how people meet now. Jump on that bandwagon. Technology, eh?
April 24th is National Park Rx Day. This is the first year of Park Rx Day so make it a good one. It’s a response to the Surgeon General's call to action, to get people out more, moving around and stuff. Sounds reasonable. What better place to do that than our beautiful National Parks? Seems like a fitting title, given that nature is good for our brain and body. A little Rx does us good, ya hear?
The guys over at Nature Rx agree:
So turn X-Factor off, get out of your house, and go visit a park (or two, or three). You have no excuse not to. It's National Park Week. Strap on those boots and go for a hike. Or bike. Or kayak. Bring the kiddos and enjoy a picnic. Encourage them to be a Junior Ranger so they can learn about nature and wildlife. Bring along your camera or GoPro so you can document the undeniable beauty you’ll see along the way. And maybe catch someone doing something ridiculous. Appreciate these parks that were set aside for all of us to enjoy.
And don’t forget that this year is the National Parks Service’s 100th birthday. Damn, she looks good for 100.
Not sure what to do? Fret not. If you run out of ideas or find that you don’t have any, let us know. We're happy to help!