Blue Ridge Parkway begins National Park Week with Junior Ranger Day Events

blue ridge parkwayNational Park Service officials invite the public to celebrate National Park Week during the week of April 20 – 28 with multiple events across the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The week opens on Junior Ranger Day, Saturday, April 20, at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at Milepost 384 in Asheville, N.C., and Explore Park at Milepost 115 in Roanoke. A variety of family-friendly activities will be available at both locations.

National Park Week is an annual celebration of National Park Service sites across the country. National Park Week activities encourage exploration of the National Park Service’s vast network of natural, cultural and recreational sites and provide opportunities to reconnect with the agency’s mission of protecting and preserving these special places.

National Park Week culminates on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Saturday, April 27, with a park-wide volunteer service day, Project Parkway, and a celebration at Peaks of Otter, Milepost 86, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Junior Ranger Day Event

What: Park stewards of all ages are invited to learn how to camp, use detective skills with historic artifacts, look inside National Park Service vehicles, become a Junior Ranger, hike a TRACK Trail, and more.
When: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20

Where: Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, Milepost 384 – Asheville, NC

Who: Parkway staff and park partners will lead activities

Junior Ranger Day Event

What: Meet a ranger, play a game, discover animal adaptations, tour fire, rescue and police vehicles; and join a ranger-led hike that takes you into the world of animal life.

When: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday, April 20, including:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Ranger Games
  • 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. To the RESCUE!
  • 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. A Sorting Ceremony for Animal Lovers, a 1.5 mile moderate hike

Where: Explore Park, Milepost 115 – Roanoke, Virginia

Who: National Park Service staff with community partners from Explore Park and Salem and Roanoke law enforcement agencies

Peaks of Otter National Park Week Celebration

What: Get hands on with a collection of animal pelts and replica skulls, explore the wonderful world of animal adaptations, and participate in guided hikes pointing out natural and historical features of the area.

When: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 27

Where: Peaks of Otter Lodge, Milepost 86 – Bedford, Virginia

Who: National Park Service staff and partners

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