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With spring in the air and active kids tugging at my pant leg, April is the perfect time to celebrate being outdoors and enjoying time in a national park. Below are three ways families can celebrate the upcoming National Park Week starting with National Junior Ranger Day on April 15th, followed by National Park Week April 16th to April 24th:

National Junior Ranger Day (4/15) is designed to help children and families connect with parks in educational and fun ways. Over 120 national park sites allow children ages 5-13 participate in the Junior Ranger program by completing a series of activities during a park visit, share their answers with a park ranger, and receive an official Junior Ranger patch and Junior Ranger certificate. We have done this at Sagamore Hill on Long Island and our sons LOVED it.

Volunteer with the whole family. The National Park Service protects over 80 million acres of US soil. National Park Week is the perfect time to say thank you and teach your children the importance of giving back. Find a local park here.

Visit a lesser known national park. Beyond sites like Yellowstone and Yosemite, there are 415-plus national parks across the country. Search for National Parks in your area here, to spark some travel ideas. National Park Week is the perfect time for a visit since all entrance fees will be waived!