National Park Week is April 18-26

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Launched on March 30 by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, “Find Your Park” is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the NPS in 2016, and setting the stage for its second century of service.

“Find Your Park” invites the public to see that a national park can be more than a place – it can be a feeling, a state of mind, or a sense of American pride. Beyond vast landscapes, the campaign highlights historical, urban and cultural parks, as well as the NPS programs that protect, preserve and share nature, culture and history in communities nationwide.

“Find Your Park” is also the theme for this year’s National Park Week, April 18-26. To celebrate National Park Week and National Junior Ranger Day, Yellowstone staff will provide distance learning and in-park programs, as well as visit regional schools and outreach events. Expedition Yellowstone will host four schools for multiday, curriculum-based programs.

Park rangers will attend numerous events including April 22 Earth Day celebrations in regional towns; the April 17-18 Kyi-yo Pow-Wow in Missoula; an April 25 “Chicks in Science” event in Billings; and the Junior Archaeology Family Day in Bozeman on April 25.

During National Park Week, all youth visiting the park will have the opportunity to obtain the National Junior Ranger patch, which is earned by participating in ranger-led activities or completing the Yellowstone Junior Ranger paper.

“As the nation’s first national park, Yellowstone is a prime location to celebrate National Park Week,” said acting Yellowstone Superintendent Steve Iobst. “Come find your park and help build the next generation of supporters and advocates.”

Yellowstone National Park joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at findyourpark.com.

Visit nationalparkweek.org to learn more about how you can celebrate National Park Week across the country.