This April 21 - 29, "Picture Yourself in a National Park" as the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation present National Park Week 2012.  With nearly 400 national parks, and FREE admission all week long, there are thousands of ways to enjoy this highly anticipated annual event.  

From hiking to biking to swimming, nature walks, kayaking, or bird watching, there are great outdoor activities in national parks for visitors of all ages.  By introducing kids to these majestic places, we give the gift of learning a healthy lifestyle and help guarantee the future of parks for generations to come.

Did you know:
There are 18,600 miles of trails in national parks.
43,000 miles of national park shoreline.
900 miles of passageways in caves.
12,000 campsites
5,450 miles of paved road in national parks.
There are 233 national parks with preserved fossils, some which date back two billion years.

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

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