All across the country, people flock to the outdoors on National Park Day. It's a different day every year but it marks the official kick-off of the summer park season. This year, National Park Week begins on April 16 and there are a thousand good reasons to spend your day at Yellowstone National Park. Here are the five best reasons we think you should take to the parks:
1. Admission to the Park is Free
On National Park Day, admission to Yellowstone is completely free. It's normally $30 per carload or $15 per individual who enters the park hiking, on a bicycle, or on skis. Take the chance to discover a new national park or multiple parks, if you’re able with this free admission. Also be sure to check out their Every Kid in a Park program and see how your 4th grader can get free entrance to any park for an entire year!
2. April 16th is National Junior Ranger Day
Take your little ones out to the park and for a chance to earn their Junior Ranger Badge or become a Centennial Junior Ranger! Kids get to participate in fun-filled activities to learn more about the environment and about America's national parks.
3. National Park Week Includes Earth Day
Earth Day falls on April 22nd every year; celebrate it this year at Yellowstone National Park and enjoy special programs geared around the history and significance of this special day. You can even visit the Find a Park website to find out if there are any volunteer events that you can be a part of on Earth Day.
4. Enjoy Park Rx Day
If you stick around until the end – April 24th – you'll have a chance to participate in Park Prescription Day. It's a day set aside for events and park activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. Take part in this once-a-year campaign to better your quality of life.
5. You Can Be Part of a Movement
When you visit Yellowstone on this day or during National Park Week, you become a part of history. People all across America flock to these most scenic, protected wild places to explore, indulge, picnic, swim, hike, bike, or just enjoy. Later, you can upload your photos to NationalParkWeek.org to tell your own story of how you spent your National Park Day.
Don't forget to plan an exciting Yellowstone backcountry, ATV, hiking, or fly-fishing tour with Scenic Safaris during your visit. Take your National Park Day celebration to the next level when you treat yourself to a comfortable, guided tour around the very best areas of this most famous of parks.