The National Park Service in partnership with the National Park Foundation will host the fee-free day at more than 400 national parks on Saturday, April 16, which marks the first day of National Park Week.
The theme for this year’s National Park Week is “sPark Connections.” Each day will have a different theme with an accompanying social media tag:
- sPark Discovery (April 16): The fee-free day encourages guests to to find something new at a national park or visit one that guests haven’t before. (#sParkDiscovery)
- sPark Creativity (April 17): This day encourages guests to use artistic expression and creativity about the park that inspires them. (#sParkCreativity)
- sPark Collaboration (April 18): The national parks will celebrate its partnerships that have aided in expanding outreach. Guests are encouraged to learn how they can get involved in helping the parks. (#sParkCollaboration)
- sPark Innovations (April 19): Guests are encouraged to learn how national parks incorporate technology in conservation and preservation efforts while also focusing on improving visitor experience. (#sParkInnovation)
- sPark Opportunities (April 20): Also called Workforce Wednesday, guests can learn more about the work that is done through the National Park Service and partner organizations. (#sParkOpportunities)
- sPark Preservation (April 21): Guests are encouraged to learn about how they can get involved in helping preserve historic, cultural, natural, and recreational resources. (#sParkPreservation)
- sPark Action (April 22): For Earth Day, guests are asked to find how they can contribute to the health of the environment and the National Park Service’s impact on the planet’s wellbeing. (#sParkAction)
- sPark Curiosity (April 23): The National Park Service wants to teach visitors how it preserves and protects unique place, landscapes, and the stories intertwined with them. (#sParkCuriosity)
- sPark Memories (April 24): The National Park Service is asking for guests to create memories and traditions with its parks. (#sParkMemories)
Colonial National Historical Park includes a portion of Historic Jamestowne (*in partnership with Jamestown Rediscovery, which manages 22.5 acres of this property), the Yorktown Battlefield, and Colonial Parkway. All included locations tell the many complex stories of English Colonial American history from the landing at Jamestown on May 13, 1607 through the British surrender at Yorktown on October 19, 1781.
*It is important to note that the fee-free day does not include the Historic Jamestowne and there will be an entrance fee charged. For more information regarding Historic Jamestowne, fees, and exhibits, please contact Preservation Virginia.
*For more information regarding entrance fees to Colonial National Historical Park, please click here.
To learn more or to find a national park near you, visit the website for National Park Week.