From Monday, April 22 – Friday, April 26, the national parks will waive all entrance fees in honor of National Park Week. There couldn’t be a better time to get out and explore the parks.
National parks will be celebrating Earth Day on April 22nd as well. The annual celebration includes special events such as Junior Ranger Day on April 20 and Earth Day on April 22. Find a list of ranger-led programs and plan your adventures at www.nationalparkweek.org.
Grand Canyon National Park will kick off National Park Week with a weekend of Earth Day activities and then will join national park units around the country in waiving entrance fees on April 22 – 26, 2013.
The festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, with a free screening of the film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time in the Grand Canyon Visitor Center theater. On Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Shrine of the Ages, Grand Canyon’s Green Team will host environmental author Mary Ellen Hannibal, who will explore the critical nature of wildlife corridors and review the history of America’s native wildlife habitats, which include natural habitats found within national parks, and share what scientists are doing to combat the gradual loss of these important lands along the spine of the continent. On Sunday, April 21, an open-house style Earth Day celebration will be held at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include educational activities, demonstrations and games, samples, and information on local and national environmental initiatives. The day will conclude with a walk and trash pick-up along the rim at 2:30 p.m., volunteers are welcome. All of the weekend’s activities are family friendly and free of charge.
The fee-free celebration of National Park Week at the Grand Canyon begins the next day. Visitors who arrive at the Grand Canyon April 22 – 26 will be allowed to enter the park free of charge. Those who plan to spend time in the park beyond April 26 will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay.