5 National Parks That Are Rocking Earth Day!

Tis the season to be enjoying the great outdoors. With Earth Day falling within National Park Week, the stars have aligned to get out into nature. The national parks have made it easy to get involved, here are five parks that have big things happening for Earth Day 2016:

Acadia National Park: Join friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers for the 17th annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup, to collect a winter’s worth of trash from roadsides in Acadia, MDI and Trenton. Always the last Saturday in April, it’s a great day to take pride in your community, get outside, and celebrate spring!

To be assigned to a cleanup location, please register now » . Online registration will close Sunday, April 24.

Yosemite National Park:  Join Yosemite National Park and partners on Saturday, April 23rd to celebrate the Yosemite Earth Day Festival and Junior Ranger Day, honoring the NPS Centennial. There will be educational and fun activities in Yosemite Valley in front of the Visitor Center throughout the day. There will also be special junior ranger activities, ranger walks and programs, and presentations by special Centennial partners.

Admission to the park is free on the day of the Yosemite Earth Day Festival, as well as all other days between April 16-24. YARTS is offering a special deal of free rides into the park from Merced and Fresno on April 23. Click here for more information.

Grand Canyon National Park: Grand Canyon National Park invites the public to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Earth Day during National Park Week on Friday, April 22, 2016.

Grand Canyon’s Earth Day celebration will feature games, information about local and national environmental initiatives, a recycled art sculpture, and exotic plant removal. All Earth Day activities are open and free of charge to the public and will take place at Grand Canyon Visitor Center plaza near Mather Point between 10 am and 2 pm. Click here to learn more.

Arches National Park: On Saturday, April 23 2016, park staff will provide hands-on experiences of different park jobs at stations throughout Arches. You could meet a scientist, rescue personnel, an artist, an archeologist, or more!

Stop at Arches Visitor Center first to pick up your Ranger Adventures worksheet. Collect stickers from every station you visit, and then show your completed sheet back at the visitor center in the afternoon to receive your custom-made Ranger Adventures button. Click here to learn more.
Glacier National Park: Celebrate Earth Day in the Flathead Valley with a festival in the park! Over 30 booths to explore, each with a hands-on activity or craft focused on one of four Earth Day pillars: Grow It, Fix It, Save It, and Live It. This lively fun-filled event is a chance to celebrate and learn about all things green in the Flathead.
Highlights include: – A special welcome from Glacier National Park Deputy Superintendent Eric Smith – Wild Bird Show with falcons, hawks, owls and more by Wild Wings Recovery Center – Special guest Woodsy the Owl – Get-a-Grip 26-ft climbing wall and jumpers – Local food and vendors – Live music from Stikbopik – Over 30 booths with hands-on family activities, organized around four Earth Day pillars: For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
Happy Earth Day!