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Parks and Recreation

Dear Friend of the National Parks,

While National Park Week provides an unbeatable opportunity to get out and explore your 401 national park sites, NPCA encourages you to stay home (or at least set your TV recorder) on Thursday, April 24 at 8 / 7c, for the 1-hour season finale of NBC's “Parks and Recreation." NPCA worked with the popular show’s production team for the final episode, where Amy Poehler’s character (Leslie Knope) will make the nail-biting decision of whether to join the National Park Service.

Here are 5 more ways to celebrate National Park Week:

1. Visit a national park site near you--especially one that you’ve never been to before.
Many people are surprised to discover that they’re just a few miles away from a national park. Find a park near you on NPCA’s website and search the National Park Service site for events near you.

2. Plan a trip to a national park on your bucket list.
Plan a trip now and you can look forward to it for weeks, then remember it for a lifetime. See NPCA’s hidden gems for some great trip ideas.

3. Take action to defend park funding.
We love to visit national parks, but the truth is, they don’t run themselves. It just takes a few seconds to let your senators and representative know that you care about the health of national parks and want them fully funded for the future.

4. Enjoy an original work of national park art.

NPCA and the Creative Action Network launched a crowdsourced art project in January that invites artists to reimagine the historic 1930s-era posters of national parks for a new generation.

5. Share your story.
Sure, you could do this the old-school way, cornering people at parties with your photos or recounting your favorite wildlife encounter at the office water cooler. You could also visit NPCA’s My Park Story, specially designed to help you inspire other park lovers across the interwebs with your most treasured memories.

Whatever you do, enjoy National Park Week! And thank you for being a friend of our national parks.


Kati Bear

Kati Schmidt
Sr. Media Relations Manager

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