Amid stay-at-home and social distancing, thousands of national park fans from around the world are coming together this week to celebrate National Park Week 2020. We’ve joined together with other members of the National Parks Creative Exchange to create a full week of virtual content to celebrate our parks and the places we cannot wait to visit when life goes back to some semblance of normal.
Watching this group come together online has been a bright spot for us as we hunker down at our base camp in Minnesota. We may not be visiting national parks for a while, but we’re at least getting to share them with the world!
So if you need some new things to add to your family’s social distancing calendar in the next few days – join us for the rest of National Park Week 2020!!
About National Park Week 2020
Each day from April 18 through April 26, 2020, explore the National Parks with a host of podcasters, bloggers, vloggers, and park enthusiasts. Follow along on their websites, with their podcasts, and on their Instagram accounts.
Not sure what National Park Week is? Check out our 7 Things to Know About National Park Week to find out why we celebrate every April!
Junior Ranger Day
On Saturday, April 18, Everybody’s National Parks the podcast (one of our National Park Podcasts to Listen to in 2020) released a special bonus episode to celebrate Junior Ranger Day with some very special junior rangers. Check out their Instagram activities to earn virtual Junior Ranger badges and complete some Junior Ranger BINGO!
Volunteers in the Parks
On Sunday, April 19, celebrate Volunteers in the Parks with Moon Travel Guide Author Becky Lomax who will be giving away some national parks swag on Instagram. Learn more about how to volunteer in a national park or donate to some of the organizations that keep our spaces clean and protected.
On Monday, April 20, learn more about Military involvement in the parks from Brad Kirouac of Parklandia the podcast (also one of our Best National Park Podcasts to Listen to in 2020!). During National Park Week 2020, Military Monday celebrates our Military and the sacrifice they gave and continue to give for all of us.
On Tuesday, April 21, we’ll be celebrating Transportation Tuesday with Grant and Bonnie Sinclair of Our Wander-Filled Life.
Grant and Bonnie Sinclair are teachers on a quest to explore our country through our National Parks and share their experiences at Our Wander-Filled Life. They travel the country with their truck and camper every break and will visit their 50th state this summer.
On Transportation Tuesday, Grant and Bonnie will share a new article on how the National Park Service has turned transportation into an art form.
On Wednesday, April 22, we’ll be right back here to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Along with the other contributors of the National Parks Creative Exchange, we’ll be publishing ways you can celebrate Earth Day in your own neighborhood.
On Thursday, April 23, blast through the past with America’s National Parks the podcast and hear from some of the other podcast contributors on Throwback Thursday. Tune in for some favorite episodes and national park history!
On Friendship Friday, April 24th, Dusty and Mike our friends from Gaze at the National Parks will be hosting national park Jeopardy-style trivia via Instagram Live. Starting at 8 pm EST log on and play along with everyone and maybe even get the chance to go live. Other activities for Friendship Friday and National Parks Week include: A special National Park Week themed Trail Mix episode of their podcast and Friendship Friday activities via their Instagram Stories.
Parks RX Day
On Saturday, April 25, we’ll take a much-needed break from the stressors right now and join Michelle from Head Along with Heart as for Parks RX Day. On this day, the National Park Service celebrates why the national parks and spending time outdoors can be good for our health. Find out more about the benefits of parks during today’s special events.
BARK Ranger Day
And finally, on Sunday, April 26th we’ll be wrapping up National Park Week 2020 right here at Park Chasers as we celebrate our furry friends and the National Park Service BARK Ranger program. We’ll have special guest Brad Ryan from Grandma Joy’s Road Trip here to talk with us about the BARK Ranger Program and how you can safely spend time with your pets in the parks!