How was your weekend? Did you make it into the park, and leave with stories to tell?
The National Park Foundation wants to hear about your experiences during National Park Week. In the “Share Your Story” button on their website, you can upload photos, videos, and stories about your trip. Who doesn’t want an excuse to scroll through weekend photos and videos again? Relive your trip and tell a story about it.
If you did not get a chance to visit over the weekend, take advantage of our next installment of things to do in the park. Your midweek visit to a national park will make a great “Share Your Story” contribution too.
3 Things to Do – Tuesday, April 22 (Earth Day):
- Get up early and go see the Lyrids Meteor shower. We suggest parking in roadside pullouts by the Sheeps Pass Campground and observing the eastern sky from there.
- Celebrate Earth Day by packing a picnic dinner and eating outside in one of the park’s picnic areas.
- Take an Earth Day self-portrait or family portrait in the park and send it to friends and family. You will find great photo backdrops at Jumbo Rocks, Arch Rock, or one of the many roadside pullouts along Park Boulevard. If you take a selfie and like to post to Facebook, use hashtag #NPSSelfie. Also, consider submitting your best photo to a nationwide photo contest sponsored by Biscayune National Park and the Florida National Parks Association.
3 Things to Do – Wednesday, April 23
- Attend the Cholla Cactus Garden Ranger Program. Join the ranger at the Cholla Cactus Garden anytime between 10 am and noon for a 15-minute talk about the plants of the Pinto Basin. If you can’t make the program, stop by a visitor center and ask for the Cholla Cactus Garden pamphlet. Then visit the garden to take a self-guided tour.
- Send postcards! National Park Week is a special occasion. Pick up a few postcards at a visitor center and let friends and family know that you are celebrating. Your thoughtfully composed note will be a fun surprise for the lucky recipient.
- Visit the Hall of Horrors. Find its namesake, a slot canyon among the rock outcrops.
3 Things to Do – Thursday, April 24
- Go on the Twin Tanks Guided Hike at 10 am. Meet at the backcountry board parking area between Belle and White Tank campgrounds to join a ranger in exploring a section of the California Riding and Hiking Trail (approx. 2 hours).
- Go see the Desert Queen Mine. Park at the Pine City Backcountry Board, and head out on the short walk to the overlook. There’s an interpretive sign at the end of the trail, and from there, you can see mine shafts and mining equipment.
- Create your own themed hike. Pick your theme – ideally something singular to look for as you walk. It could be birds, lichens, cactus flowers, or Joshua tree rhizomes (“baby” Joshua trees). Then, head out on a trail with your theme in mind. Take pictures or sketch, too!