April: Find Your Park

National Monthly Theme: Find Your Park

Inviting everyone to Find Your Park!  Parks can promote incentives to visit, like 16 fee-free days, volunteer projects, and special programs for Junior Ranger Day and Earth Day.

Celebrations include:

  • Henry M. Jackson Visitor at Paradise will be open daily during National Park Week, April 16-24.  The visitor center will feature films in the auditorium about other National Park Service parks, historic sites, and recreation areas.
  • Mount Rainier Centennial Film Release:  Shadows of the Past
  • Jammin’ with a Ranger, April 18-21:  National Park Inn at Longmire, 4 pm – 5 pm, daily.  Learn about a unique park program from a park specialist while enjoying a hot drink and a scone.  The daily featured jam will be a made by a Mt. Rainier National Park ranger.
    • April 18. Jammin’ with a Ranger – Celebrate Geology. Join Park Geologist Scott Beason for a chat about the dynamic landscape of Mount Rainier National Park.
    • April 19. Jammin’ with a Ranger – Celebrate Volunteers. Learn about the amazing work volunteers contribute to the park from Kevin Bacher, Park Volunteer Coordinator.
    • April 20. Jammin’ with a Ranger – Celebrate Archeology. People have called the Mountain home for thousands of years. See artifacts and hear stories of early cultures with Park Archeologist, Greg Butchard.
    • April 21. Jammin’ with a Ranger – Celebrate Wildlife. Whooo cooks for you? Find out in this nocturnal themed chat with Park Wildlife Technician Keith Bagnall
  • Mountain Meet-Up Centennial Event for Millenials, April 24:   The park will host a meet-up event to connect with the next generation of park stewards.  A variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities will be offered to provide millennial visitors opportunities to engage and enjoy a day in their backyard national park.
  • REI Centennial Speaker Series:  New to town? Looking to explore the great outdoors more in your own backyard? Join REI as we help you discover Mount Rainier National Park. Join us for a look at the history of the Park, where to access spectacular viewpoints and some favorite hiking routes that will allow you to experience the hidden natural wonders in the foothills of Rainier.  Location: TBA
  • Every Kid in a Park Programs:  Special in-park curriculum education program focused on the meanings, values and diversity of national parks for regional 4th-grade classes. Transportation scholarships are available.


NPSCentennialLogoFor the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, the National Park Service has developed a theme-oriented message calendar to help parks, regions, and programs promote their work to connect with and help create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates.

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