Yosemite National Park will celebrate National Park Week, Earth Day, California State Park Ranger 150th Anniversary, and National Junior Ranger Day from April 16-24. Park entrance fees will be waived for Yosemite during that period to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service. Camping fees and all other fees will still be applicable. The park will host many special events throughout the week culminating in the Earth Day festival, which will be held 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, April 23, in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center.
Special events throughout the week include showings of Ken Burn’s films “This is America” and “The Nation Parks: America’s Best Idea,” special walks with park rangers, hikes with NPS Centennial partner, REI, and opportunities to become a Centennial Jr. Ranger.
There will be several family friendly events, all free of charge, during the Earth Day Festival. There will also be free rides into the park from Fresno and Merced on Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) for the event. For more information about all of the events in the park, including the Earth Day Festival, visit nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/guide.htm.
“We are very excited about the upcoming celebrations and the special events here in Yosemite in honor of the Centennial of the National Park Service,” Don Neubacher, park superintendent, said. “We encourage all visitors to participate in events during National Park Week.”
The week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It is about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea - the national parks.
Each of the 410 national park units across the country will also be celebrating. To learn more about the National Park Service Centennial, visit findyourpark.com.
Yosemite National Park welcomes more than four million visitors from all over the world each year and serves as a strong economic engine for the region and local communities. It generates $535 million in economic benefit to the local region, and is home to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America, and iconic rock formations such as Half Dome and El Capitan. The park also features approximately 90 different species of mammals and more than 1,500 species of flowering plants.