Sometimes all it takes to get a person to visit a National Park is a small incentive. In fact, that is what is going to be happening on Saturday, April 21, 2018. This is the first day of National Park week and it is special in another way, which is the incentive.
On April 21, all US National Parks open for a day of free admittance. This means that you don’t have to pay the normal entrance fee to get into any US National Park. Entrance fees are normally low anyway, but this gives people an added incentive to visit the park of their choice.
This event is made possible by a partnership between the US Park Service and the National Park Foundation. The National Park Foundation is a charity organization that supports the US national parks. The NPF works all year long to preserve, protect, and enhance national parks in the US.
The day of the free entrance is meant to get people outdoors and into the national parks. It is recognized that most people, once they have visited a national park, are likely to return.
As mentioned, the 21st is the first day of National Park Week. This event is somewhat of a misnomer as it runs 8 days. However, there are a number of activities planned for those eight days. This year, Earth Day falls on April 22. Earth Day has about a billion participants, worldwide, each year.
If people would like more information, they are welcome to contact the nearest national park or to contact the National Park Foundation. Either would be happy to assist people with their plans for visiting the national parks.
In case you wondered, here is a list of the US National Parks.