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As National Park Week approaches, April 16 to 24, 2016, the National Park Service is gearing up for the unofficial kickoff to its Centennial celebration. What’s hailed as America’s largest celebration of national heritage, National Park Week is all about connecting with your community, discovering and exploring America’s amazing outdoor places, and enjoying time with your friends and family in our national parks.

With less than a month until National Park Week, now is the time to start planning your trip to our national parks. Here are some of the events that coincide with the weeklong celebration, courtesy of the National Park Service:

  • April 16–24: Visit for free!
    Throughout National Park Week in 2016, every national park will give you free admission!
  • April 16: National Junior Ranger Day
    Explore, Learn, Protect! Kids can take part in fun programs and earn a junior ranger badge or become a Centennial Junior Ranger.
  • April 22: Earth Day
    On Earth Day, if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project, look for a park where you can help out.
  • April 23: National Park Instameet
    Join an InstaMeet in a park. Gather in a designated place at a specific time to take photos and short videos to post on Instagram (and other social media) with the same hashtag: #FindYourParkInstaMeet, #FindYourPark, #NPS100
  • April 24: Park Rx Day
    Parks will host fun recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles and promote physical and mental well being.

When planning your trip, don’t forget to download your favorite national park apps by Chimani on the App Store, Google Play, or Amazon Appstore.

To learn more about how you can support the national parks, visit www.nationalparkweek.org.