I love nature and I love finding free things to do that are new for our family. We are lucky enough to live near a few National Park Service parks. We have been able to visit a few of them the last few years as either a homeschool field trip or on a blog trip.
We have many more to visit and we hope to visit a few new one’s this year. National Park Service isn’t just a place to learn about nature but History, Invention, and places of historical significance like Perry’s Monument National Park.
Just in case you didn’t know National Parks Week is April 15-23 which means many NPS locations will waive their normal admission fees to allow more visitors to enjoy the National Parks.
Other Free NPS days in 2017:
- January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- February 20: Presidents’ Day
- April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
- August 25: National Park Service Birthday
- September 30: National Public Lands Day
- November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend
Free Admission for 4th graders:
If you are a fourth grader, or age equivalent free-choice learner, you and your family can receive an Every Kid in a Park pass that will give you free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year.
Junior Rangers and Web Rangers:
Do you know about the Junior Ranger program offered through the NPS? I love having my children work on these very education scavenger hunt style books as part of our homeschool education. If you don’t live close to a National Park then you can work on a variety of Junior Ranger type skills via Web Rangers!