Skip the Netflix bingeing and #getoutside while it’s still relatively cool and enjoy US National Park Week! Beginning April 16th through to April 24th, enjoy free entry that covers all 409 Parks. That’s a lot of options for a quick day trip from home or longer spells of travel. To top it off, April is National Stress Awareness Month and getting outdoors in nature is a PROVEN stress relief.
The Centennial of the US National Park Service has brought much awareness to the necessity of its’ existence. As the country gets more populated, the protected openness of these outdoor treasures will become even more valuable. Our lives are getting busier, as we take on more with our jobs, our families, and our social lives. I find it amazing that in 1901, John Muir wrote this in “Our National Parks:”
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”
― John Muir,
The same can be said for today’s generations of tired, nerve-shaken, overcivilized people.
A visit to the NPS website (link below) will get you going on the US National Park Week options. The site was recently updated and it is beautiful and will work across all your devices cleanly. Start on the front page with a “find your park” by state option. Click the state you want and search through the list to find your park. From there, you can plan your visit, get maps for the park, campgrounds, and trails. Find out when there are special events or presentations and the Centennial Celebration has added more options to these opportunities. They’ve even added a Centennial Year stamp book for those of you keeping track. Literally, the world of parks is at your fingertips. Once you’ve made your plan, enter for free and get the rest of your body involved.
Thanks for reading!