Celebrate National Park Week with fee-free weekend, Find Your Park campaign

ZION NATIONAL PARKZion National Park will join other national parks throughout the country in celebrating National Park Week from Saturday through Sunday, April 26, with several events.

Activities in the county related to National Park Week:

Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19: On opening weekend of National Park Week, every national park, including Zion National Park, will provide free admission.

Saturday, April 18: Zion National Park staff will participate in the Town of Springdale’s 11th Annual Earth Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy solar-powered music, native plants, environmental art projects, and a reading of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” among other activities and booths. For more information, visit the Canyon Community Center’s website.

Monday, April 20: Zion National Park Foundation, with the help of the St. George Area Tourism Office, will hold a “Celebrate the National Parks in your Backyard” open house at the Dixie Center, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive in St. George, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Drop in to meet the superintendents from Zion as well as nearby Pipe Spring and Cedar Breaks national monuments, learn the latest information on the parks and find out how you can support them. There will be light refreshments, a silent auction, and activities for kids. For more information about the Zion National Park Foundation, visit its website.

Read more: National Park Week, fee-free days; open house St. George

Friday, April 24: Zion National Park is celebrating the kickoff event for the park’s Electric Vehicle Program, made possible by the Department of Energy Clean Cities National Parks Initiative program.

As part of the program, the park will receive three plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and several electric vehicle charging stations. EV charging stations will also be available for visitors to use at Kolob Canyon Visitor Center and Zion Canyon Visitor Center.

The kickoff event will take place at the Kolob Canyon Visitor Center, 3752 E. Kolob Canyon Road in New Harmony, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Visit the Utah Clean Cities Coalition’s website to learn more.

At Grand Canyon National Park

“The Emerald Mile“ author Kevin Fedarko will present an evening program on Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium at Grand Canyon National Park. The author will sign books after the presentation and also the following day during the Earth Day celebration.

Earth Day festivities continue Sunday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center plaza. Join park rangers, green team members and the park’s partners in a “green” celebration of unique and interactive activities related to the environment and all nature has to offer at Grand Canyon National Park. This event is free and open to all ages.

Find Your Park campaign

The National Park Service and National Park Foundation are launching their “Find Your Park” Campaign in an effort to connect and reconnect Americans to their heritage and public lands. Zion is encouraging people to share their park stories, their special places and memories at the Find Your Park website, as well as find new places to visit, explore and create memories.

Find Your Park showcases everything parks can be and the wide range of opportunities they have to offer, highlighting wellness, recreation, community, education, history, culture and preservation of the environment.

Find Your Park connects people to parks, redefining what a park can be and the important role they play in the lives of current and future generations.

Here are nine suggestions to get you started:

  • Find Your Park: On FindYourPark.com, there is a searchable list of ideas for ways to find your park, including in-park and digital activities. There is also a fun and interactive quiz to help people jump-start their journeys.
  • Share Your Story: Your story could inspire others to discover their park! The public is invited to share their stories on social media using #FindYourPark and at FindYourPark.com. People can also enter The Centennial Project contest.
  • Take Advantage of Free Admission Days: Entrance fees are waived on April 18-19.
  • Become a Junior Ranger: On April 18, visitors can celebrate National Junior Ranger Day by taking part in special family friendly activities at many national parks.
  • Attend a Star-studded Party: Marvel at the incredible dark night sky found in many national parks. Many parks host astronomy programs and star viewing opportunities during National Park Week. Grand Canyon National Park is hosting a Star Party June 13-20.
  • Take part in the #FindYourParkInstaMeet: From 2-4 p.m. EDT on April 19, parks across the country will participate in the Find Your Park InstaMeet. You can join in the fun from wherever you are using the hashtags #FindYourParkInstaMeet and #FindYourPark and tagging @NationalParkService and @GoParks on Instagram.
  • Celebrate Earth Day: This year is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and national parks are some of the best places to honor the day.
  • Join the Revolution: Participate in three days of events at Minute Man National Historical Park to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the American Revolutionary War. Events include battle demonstrations, musket firings, drills, battle demonstrations, speeches and other ceremonies.
  • Be a VIP (Volunteer in Park): Lend a hand to care for your parks.

Ed. note: Video broadcast correction: National Parks Week begins Saturday, as indicated in this report.

Event details

  • What: National Park Week
  • When: April 18-26
  • National Park Week website
  • Find Your Park website
  • National Park Foundation website
  • National Park Services website
  • Zion National Park website

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