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Celebrate National Park Week

National Park Week is April 17 through April 25, and parks across the country will celebrate with a series of theme days kicking off with a free admission day on Saturday, April 17. 

Scheduled theme days will be: Saturday, April 17: Free Admission and Park Rx Day; Sunday, April 18: VIP (Volunteers in Parks) Sunday; Monday, April 19: Military Monday; Tuesday, April 20: Transformation Tuesday; Wednesday, April 21: Wayback Wednesday; Thursday, April 22: Earth Day; Friday, April 23: Friendship Friday; Saturday, April 24: Junior Ranger Day; Sunday, April 25: BARK Ranger Day.

The Blue Ridge Parkway will celebrate with a five-part open house series April 19-22. Sessions are: “Blue Ridge Parkway Orientation,” a brief introduction to the Parkway and complexity of managing the linear 469-mile park, 5 p.m. Monday, April 19, and 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 20; “Caring for the Corridor,” a session discussing the care and keeping of the Parkway’s road, overlooks, bridges and tunnels, 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 20; “Inspiring Park Stewards,” a panel featuring what it means to tell park stories well in the 21st century, 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 21; “Protecting Park Resources,” a panel discussing natural and cultural resource projects, 5 p.m. Thursday, April 22. 

When visiting parks, practice responsible recreation, including following rules requiring masks when physical distancing cannot be maintained. The public can also explore parks virtually through a variety of engaging online activities. 

Learn more at www.nps.gov/npweek. Sign up for Parkway programs at www.nps.gov/blri/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.

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