Enjoy National Park Week 2011

Photo by Audrey HallThe 394 sites in the National Park System belong to all of us, so plan to get out and enjoy Yellowstone or another park during National Park Week, April 16-24, 2011.  And if the amazing hikes, breathtaking scenery, wildlife, and history aren’t enough incentive for you, how about free admission?  That’s right, you can enter all parks for free, all week long! Plus, be sure to take advantage of special activities for children and families.

Yellowstone's Junior Ranger program will be available for free throughout National Park Week -- Saturday, April 16 through Sunday, April 24. Families with kids ages 6 - 12 can pick up the Junior Ranger activity paper at Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, Albright Visitor Center in Mammoth, and the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center. After completing the required activities, which include hiking on a trail or boardwalk, children can stop back in at one of these three visitor centers and be awarded their Yellowstone Junior Ranger patch.

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National Junior Ranger Day is April 23

To celebrate National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 23, join park rangers at Albright Visitor Center, in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone, for the first Junior Ranger Wildlife Olympics event of the season.

Participating families can test their skills and compare their abilities to those of Yellowstone wildlife. Can you jump as high as a bison or as far as a snowshoe hare? How well do you see and smell? Enjoy being active in the Park and learning more about the animals who live here. Stop by any time between 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm to join in the fun.

Can't come to Yellowstone?  Check out WebRangers, the National Park Service's online Junior Ranger program for kids of all ages.

Yellowstone to You Outreach Activities

Photograph by Audrey HallDuring National Park Week, Yellowstone park rangers will travel to communities in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, visiting schools and participating in area Earth Day festivals.  At each of the Earth Day events below, a park ranger will have a booth with information about Yellowstone, a "touch table" full of pelts and skulls, and short activities suitable for the whole family. 

April 16, Bozeman, MT  
Gallatin Earth Celebration
Bogert Park
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

April 22, Billings, MT
Party For the Planet
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

April 23, Pocatello, ID

Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair
Optimist Park
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

April 23, Jackson, WY
Jackson Eco-Fair
Powder Horn Park
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

April 23, Idaho Falls, ID

Earth Day Fest
Tautphaus Park & Zoo
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

In addition to these live events, during the week Yellowstone National Park staff will video-conference education programs to distant schools as far away from Yellowstone as Virginia.

Schools interested in other educational offerings in Yellowstone should visit the “For Teachers" page on the park’s official website.


Photographs by Audrey Hall


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