Yellowstone Forever

April 17, 2012

Celebrate National Park Week

Yellowstone entrance signNational Park Week, April 21-29, 2012 is an annual celebration of our national parks -- the beauty and wonder of 84 million acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, diverse ecosystems, historic places, and cultural treasures.  Special events and activities are happening at parks nationwide.  Best of all, during National Park Week you can enter Yellowstone or any other national park for free!

Search the National Park Week Event Calendar to see what’s happening in the parks next week.

Before you head to Yellowstone, check out Yellowstone road and facility opening dates for this spring.

National Junior Ranger Day

Photograph by Audrey HallNational Junior Ranger Day is Saturday, April 28, 2012. Yellowstone’s Junior Ranger Program will be offered on this day at the Visitor Centers in Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful, and West Yellowstone. The program is designed to provide children visiting with their families the flexibility to see and interact with the park at their own pace, and within the limits of their own time.

A highlight of Junior Ranger Day 2012 in Yellowstone will be the Yellowstone Wildlife Olympics at Old Faithful.  At the Wildlife Olympics, kids have lots of fun while being active and learning about animals! Families are invited to stop by any time between noon and 3pm on April 28th, between the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and Old Faithful geyser.

All Junior Ranger Program activities will be offered free of charge on April 28 and special Junior Ranger Day patches will be awarded to participants!

Yellowstone’s Junior Ranger program and the Wildlife Olympics are made possible in part by a generous grant from the Toyota USA Foundation to the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

National Park Week Outreach

National Park Week occurs very early in the visitor season for Yellowstone National Park, but the park’s education staff have found creative ways to bring Yellowstone to communities. In fact, they’ve expanded National Park Week 2012 to National Park Month!  All month long, rangers have been doing presentations in schools in Idaho and Montana, and offering distance learning programs in which they Skype with classrooms nationwide.  And while there’s still snow on the ground, Yellowstone has been hosting school groups for day visits, as well as the residential Expedition: Yellowstone! Program,

Public Events

Look for Yellowstone rangers at the following community events!

April 20-21     Kyi-Yo Powwow, University of Montana, Missoula, MT

April 21          Gallatin Earth Celebration Sustainability Fair, Bozeman, MT

April 21          Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair, Pocatello, ID

April 28          Eco Fair, Idaho Falls, ID

Top photo by NPS. Bottom photo by Audrey Hall.


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