National Park Week - and FREE Days Americas Best Idea - the national parks - announced the launch of Find Your Park, a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for the next 100 years. It's about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America's best idea - the national parks! It's all happening in your national parks.
Only 128 of our country's 407 national parks usually charge an entrance fee. So start planning your visit!
If you're planning a trip that includes multiple national parks, you might consider the $80 annual pass that provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands-more than 2,000 in all. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is offered free to all active duty military members and their dependents. Information on these and other pass options is available online. (less)... Read more
One Book 4 Colorado 2018 will be April 9-23! During that time, OB4CO will give a copy of the same book to all 4-year-olds in Colorado in English and Spanish in public libraries and Denver Preschool Program classrooms, and you can help choose the book now! Visit www.OneBook4Colorado.org to watch videos of Colorado celebrities reading each of the 3 finalist books in English and Spanish, and vote for your favorite through December 31. Anyone can vote; it's fun and easy!
Family Activity Backpacks! Discover our Family Activity Backpacks that visitors can check out at select parks for their journey along the trail. Libraries across the state are offering two "Check Out State Parks" passes, each for distribution with an activity backpack containing binoculars, brochures and other educational materials to library patrons. These packs help turn an ordinary hike into a learning adventure in nature! The interactive packs will include: two large bug boxes, magnifiers, various guide books (covering birds, insects, wildflowers and pond or tree life depending on the park), binoculars and a nature journal.
Families can use the contents of the pack to let their imaginations soar or they can use some of the suggested activities for more structured exploration. The packs can help explorers of any age discover how fun the journey can be as they delve in for a closer look of the great outdoors.
Activity packs may be checked-out at the park visitor centers or office for day use and returned before heading home or back to the campsite. (less)... Read more
Junior Ranger programs engage young people in age-appropriate activities that allow them to discover the significance of a specific site, introduce them to the national park system and to the mission of the National Park Service. They reveal to children that these amazing places belong to them. Junior Ranger programs are designed to provide participants with the flexibility to discover and interact with the park at their own pace and within the limits of their visit.
They encourage children and their families to explore things they might otherwise have missed, to get out and walk around, to explore further by visiting specialized programs, park movies, exhibits, trails overlooks, talking to a ranger, and others.
When you get to the park visitor center ask a park ranger or volunteer for a junior ranger booklet if you are between the ages of 6-12 and you can fill it out and earn a badge! (less)... Read more
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