From April 18th through April 26, White Sands National Monument, the National Park Service, and the National Park Foundation will host National Park Week. This year’s theme, “Find Your Park,” invites people everywhere to be a part of the Find Your Park movement (FindYourPark.com) and discover their own unique connections to parks and the programs managed by the National Park Service.
Find Your Park showcases everything parks can be and the wide range of opportunities they have to offer, highlighting wellness, recreation, community, education, history, culture, and preservation of the environment. Find Your Park connects people to parks, redefining what a park can be and the important role they play in the lives of current and future generations.
Join the Find Your Park movement at White Sands, and this weekend is the perfect time to start. White Sands will waive entrance fees on the opening weekend of National Park Week – April 18 and 19. Accompany a ranger for our nightly sunset strolls. Enjoy a leisurely one-hour ranger- guided walk through sand dunes and learn about the geology, plants, and animals of this unique area. The program starts at the sunset stroll sign along Dunes Drive about five miles from the visitor center. During National Park Week, the stroll begins at 6:45 pm. The program is free, and monument entrance fees apply.
White Sands is also offering a special National Park Week junior ranger activity that will encourage children to find their park. The activity is free and may be picked up at the visitor center. Children will receive a special Junior Ranger Day patch for completing the activity.
“National Parks are a wonderful place to learn, relax, and have fun,” stated Superintendent Marie Frías Sauter. “Come out to White Sands and Find Your Park during National Park Week and throughout the year. White Sands is a great national park to enjoy with friends and family.”
National Park Week is the perfect time to celebrate America’s 407 national parks and to find your park. While the majority of national parks provide free entrance every day of the year, the
128 parks that normally charge an admission fee will also be free to enter that weekend.