Sunday, April 11, 2010

Calendar: National Park Week

Saturday (4/17) is the beginning of National Park Week.   Admission to all national parks is free -- that doesn't affect much in the DC metro area, but it will save you a chunk of change if you decide to head out to Shenandoah National Park.

boat on C&O Canal
Photo credit: voobie
It's also a great time to volunteer. Next weekend (4/17-4/18) is the beginning of C&O Canal Trust's C&O Canal Pride Days -- the largest volunteer event in the park. This year's projects will include planting trees, painting historic structures, removing trash, pulling invasive plants, and other sprucing up activities. Saturday's focus is at Great Falls, and Sunday will be at Pennyfield Lock. To find how you can be most helpful, call the Trust at 301-714-2233.

Rock Creek Park will be celebrating with a Junior Ranger day on Saturday (4/17) from 11 to 4, with activities for kids throughout the day at Peirce Mill. And Greenbelt Park will hold a Junior Ranger Day on Sunday (4/18) from 9 to noon.

As always, there are lots more events on our calendar, including a walk we're leading on Saturday to look for morels and wildflowers (register here). We'll see you out there!