National Parks Waive Entrance Fees to Start National Parks Week


(Gray News) – As part of National Parks Week in April, all national parks will waive entry fees to kick off the week of activities.

On April 16, guests can travel to any national park for free, according to the National Park Service.

National Parks Week 2022 will run from April 16-24. Parks across the country will host various special programs, events and digital experiences.

NPS officials said there were over 400 national parks to visit and the theme for this year’s National Parks Week was “sPark Connections”.

A list of this year’s theme days is below:

April 16: Spark Discovery National Parks Week kicks off with a free day to encourage everyone to experience something new by visiting a national park, especially a park near you, a park you haven’t considered visiting, or a park which you never realized was a national park! Which new national park will you discover? #sParkDiscovery

April 17: Spark Creativity National parks have inspired artistic expression and creativity for generations. Who is your muse of the park? What masterpiece can you create? #sParkCuriosity

April 18: Spark Collaboration We get along with a little help from our friends. Meet our many partners who help us expand our reach and offerings and connect people to parks. How can you get involved or participate in opportunities? #sParkCollaboration

April 19: Spark Innovation The National Park Service incorporates the latest technologies to support conservation and preservation efforts while constantly working to improve the visitor experience. How can we surprise you with innovation? #sParkInnovation

April 20: sPark Opportunities On Workforce Wednesday, learn about the work we do and the employment opportunities available at the National Park Service and with partner organizations. How can you join? #sParkOpportunities

April 21: Spark Preservation The National Park Service is a leader and partner in the preservation of historical, cultural, natural and recreational resources nationally and even internationally! How to get involved in preservation? #sParkPreservation

April 22: Spark of Action On Earth Day, we examine the health of the environment and how we influence its well-being and vice versa. What actions can you take to contribute to a healthy world? #sParkAction

April 23: Spark Curiosity The National Park Service preserves and protects unique places with fascinating stories and unique landscapes. What are you curious about? What fascinating things can you discover? #sParkCuriosity

April 24: Spark Memories Generations of visitors have created lasting memories in national parks. What memories and traditions will you create? #sParkMemories

Find your nearest national park here. According to the park service, entrance fees are waived on the first day of National Parks Week to encourage people to get outside to enjoy their national parks.

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