National Park Week 2020: Celebrating national parks during a pandemic

National Park Week 2020National Park Week is the annual observance to celebrate national parks throughout the U.S. This year, National Park Week begins Saturday, April 18, and continues through Sunday, April 26. 

However, with Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and other units being closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, National Park Week will be a little different this year. Instead of loading the kids in the car for a trip to Sequoia so they can earn their Junior Ranger badges, activities will be a little less hands-on this year, for obvious reasons. National Park Week 2020

But since parents are homeschooling their youngsters anyway, here’s an opportunity to switch up National Park Week 2020the curriculum and spend some time journeying to national parks online.

The National Park Service will be offering a variety of online activities including virtual tours, scavenger hunts, trivia contests, games and challenges and, yes!, junior ranger programs. National Park Week 2020

In addition, the National Park Foundation’s Find Your Virtual Park page provides resources that feature the sights and sounds of parks, games, videos, webcams, and kid-friendly activities. And since many national park sites have created digital tours, you can take a trip to a national park unit without leaving your couch. National Park Week 2020

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National Park Week 2020

Each day of National Park Week will highlight a specific theme:

Saturday, April 18: Junior Ranger Day National Park Week 2020
Sunday, April 19: Volunteer Day
Monday, April 20: Military Monday
Tuesday, April 21: Transportation Tuesday

Wednesday, April 22: Earth Day
Thursday, April 23: Throwback Thursday National Park Week 2020
Friday, April 24: Friendship Friday
Saturday, April 25: Park Rx Day
Sunday, April 26: Bark Ranger Day 

Click here to discover more about 2020’s National Park Week and follow along on the themed days.

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