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National Park Week 2013

National Park Week 2013, Courtesy of the National Park Service

National Park Week is April 20-28, 2013 — So walk, meander, run, bike, or trail-ride your way to your nearest one! Admission to every national park is FREE Monday through Friday.

Love your national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forests — numbering more than 2,000 — and continue to support them by your mere presence (especially now). And above all else, bask in the beauty of these wondrous spaces!

Great Blue Heron in Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

A Great blue heron rests in the Everglades of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Boardwalk, Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

Heading into the dappled cypress swamp along the boardwalk in the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Cypress Swamp of the Big Cypress National Preserve

The cypress swamp in winter of the Big Cypress National Preserve

The remaining entrance fee-free dates for 2013 are:

  • August 25 (National Park Service Birthday, or Pre-FeyGirl Birthday)
  • September 28 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 9-11 (Veterans Day weekend)
49 Comments Post a comment
  1. narhvalur #

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.

    April 20, 2013
    • Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful event! 🙂

      April 20, 2013
  2. jimbey #

    [Marking my calendar – gotta get down to the Lox NWR this week]

    April 20, 2013
  3. Aug 25–hee hee!

    April 20, 2013
    • Heeee! Mine’s actually the next day (the first Women’s Lib Day!!)… They’re just ramping up! 🙂

      April 20, 2013
      • your plans are the reason I refer to birthdays as “birthday SEASON”!

        April 20, 2013
      • ALWAYS!!! Love it! 🙂

        April 22, 2013
      • I like that in a person! hee hee!

        April 22, 2013
  4. Really nice capture of the heron

    April 20, 2013
    • Thanks so much! It was a lovely dusk, and surprisingly he wasn’t frightened….

      April 22, 2013
  5. Thanks for the tip, FeyGirl! ❤

    April 20, 2013
    • Absolutely! It’s always a good reminder for myself, too, hee. 🙂

      April 22, 2013
  6. Reblogged this on LivingWithHealthyOutlook and commented:
    It’s National Park Week visit your local park!

    April 20, 2013
    • Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

      April 22, 2013
  7. This is a great reminder. You might want to also mention that there our senior discounts for the park system that are quite significant http://seattletrekker.com/outdoor-seattle/10-lifetime-senior-pass-to-u-s-national-parks.

    April 20, 2013
    • It’s always a good reminder for me as well! And, I didn’t realize this…! Thanks so much for the info, I’ll try to include them next time around (for the next round of events)! 🙂

      April 22, 2013
  8. The lovely quietude oozes out of the swamp with this magnificant Heron over seeing.

    April 20, 2013
    • Ah, what a wonderful description!! It really was a WONDERFUL, beautiful dusk… And I was just thrilled he wasn’t frightened of my presence. It was incredibly peaceful.

      April 22, 2013
  9. Your photos take me there! Thank you.

    April 20, 2013
    • Ah, I’m so happy! It’s hard to capture the beauty of these places, but I’m glad to get snippets of it. Thanks so very much for your kind words… 🙂

      April 22, 2013
  10. Thanks for the heads up! If the weather gets nicer, I may just visit one.

    April 20, 2013
    • Absolutely!! It’s always a wonderful reminder to me, as well…. 🙂

      April 22, 2013
  11. National parks are a real treasure in any country! Loved the heron photo.

    April 20, 2013
    • Absolutely, no doubt….

      Thanks so much. It was a beautiful dusk in the ‘glades, and I was thrilled this guy didn’t take off when I approached. They’re usually a bit skittish out there! But it’s incredibly peaceful (save the bugs).

      April 22, 2013
  12. Hah! I’ve found a way to access your blog – at last. 🙂 Not sure why I didn’t realise you can actually look at a whole blog in the reader…duh! ANYWAY I really like the look of that cyprus swamp. And what a great way to encourage people to use the parks. I’m reading Prairie Erth at the moment – fascinating.

    April 20, 2013
    • Hoorah!!! Hahahah! You know, I don’t usually GO to the Reader. That’s how lame / bad I am with some of this WP stuff. I usually count on emails!

      Ooooh…. I don’t think I’ve read that. I’m going to have to research that book!

      April 22, 2013
  13. Val #

    It’s great that there are National parks all over the place, myself though, I prefer the open spaces where we live – no parks, just fields, pastures, river and woods. 🙂 Oh – and plenty of its own wildlife!

    April 20, 2013
    • Ditto…. I definitely prefer the truly wild spaces. Sadly, without the saved / preserved spaces in our area — the parks, the natural areas — there wouldn’t be much left, thanks to the stupid developers and ignorance of politicians.

      April 22, 2013
      • Val #

        Very true.

        April 22, 2013
  14. Lovely photo of the blue Heron !
    I agree with Val, it´s really great that we have our National Parks all around the world … But it´s sad that we must have these places to understand that we have to be careful of mother nature …. // Maria

    April 20, 2013
    • Ah, thanks so much!

      I’m with you both on that point…. I’ve always loved the wild spaces. Sadly, without the saved / preserved spaces in our area — the parks, the natural areas — there wouldn’t be much left, thanks to the out-of-control developers and ignorance of politicians. So you’re right… It’s unfortunate that we must highlight these spaces to understand the earth better. Backwards, if you ask me! 🙂

      April 22, 2013
  15. Thank you for a wonderful post to remind us all to support our natural world through visiting our parks and refuges. It’s nice to want to be able to visit open spaces and view wildlife outside a park, but the harsh reality is that those places are rapidly becoming fewer and fewer.

    Great photos!

    April 21, 2013
    • You’re ABSOLUTELY right…. I adore those truly wild places. But sadly, especially in our area — and throughout the States and world, really — wayward development and a general ignorance is devastating them. It’s unfortunate that we must use events such as this to highlight the land and its beauty… A bit backwards. But whatever it takes!!

      Thanks so much. 🙂

      April 22, 2013
  16. hannekekoop #

    Beautiful. The last photo, it looks like a special place to be.

    April 21, 2013
    • Thanks so much!! It really, truly is. Pure magic, these spaces.

      April 22, 2013
  17. Would love to comment but the parks around me are calling my name 🙂

    April 21, 2013
    • Hahah! Ditto…. It was a good reminder for me, for sure. I hiked a bit yesterday, and will be sure to visit a national park this week. 🙂

      April 22, 2013
  18. Great Blue Heron shot! Thanks for all the info!

    April 21, 2013
    • Thanks so much! It was such a lovely dusk in the Everglades, and I was thrilled that I didn’t frighten him…. 🙂 Hope you get to make it to a park this week!!

      April 22, 2013
  19. Great pictures and event. Would such acknowledgement allow us to preserve our biodiversity heritage/ Or are we too late?

    Shakti

    April 22, 2013
    • Thanks so much…. I completely agree. We need to be MUCH more proactive in our respect for this planet of ours — instead, habitat loss and destruction are occurring at unprecedented rates throughout the world.

      EVERYONE must bring attention, education, and love to these spaces for the sake of the earth’s creatures — as well as for our sakes.

      April 22, 2013
  20. Such beautiful images of our natural world. Oh to explore the protected lands that our leaders had the forethought to create. True treasures.

    April 22, 2013
    • VERY good point…. Thank goodness for these people and their foresight; THANK goodness!!!

      April 22, 2013
  21. America’s National Parks are the greatest value in the world FeyGirl… Peggy and I set out a few years ago to visit all of them. I can’t think of a better decision I have made in my life… other than marrying Peggy, of course. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder.

    April 23, 2013
    • SO incredibly wonderful…. Both endeavors!! Love it. So very sweet and what a beautiful, amazing goal.

      🙂

      April 23, 2013
  22. Lacking a horse, I’m going to have to go by car – I didn’t know how many national parks there are in Texas, but most of them are some distance away. The closest one is the Big Thicket in East Texas. I’ve been through it while traveling but never have explored over there. I’ll have to make it a priority!

    April 23, 2013
    • Big Thicket…. That just SOUNDS up for exploring!! I’ll be visiting a nearby preserve / Natl park this week for sure — it’s a standby for me, but with work I won’t be able to drive the hour north to get to my preferred places. I’ll have to save it for the weekend, perhaps! 🙂

      April 23, 2013
  23. Fabulous photos!

    September 22, 2014

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