Enjoy National Park Week!

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Did you know there are more than 400 national parks in the United States? They come in different shapes, sizes, and naming designations. National Park Week is celebrated this year from April 20- April 28th to highlight the importance of national parks and all they do to preserve cultural heritage and provide recreational opportunities.

National Parks serve as anchors for larger ecosystems, preserve landscapes, and protect important historical and cultural resources. They are rooted in our nation’s history, as the first national park was established on June 30, 1864 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Valley Grant Act.

Across the U.S., the term “national park” refers to federally protected lands designated by Congress and managed by the National Park Service. They are set aside both for preservation as well as public recreation. National Parks offer quiet places of reflection, promote health and well-being, and help educate the public on the importance of conservation. All this, while also showcasing some of the most unique environments!

To celebrate national park week, we encourage you to visit a park! It is a great opportunity to take a hike through the beautiful scenery, enjoy nature, and spend time with friends and family. To find a national park, visit https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm One noteworthy national park in Southern Nevada is Lake Mead National Recreation area.

If you like to stay closer to your neighborhood, you can also explore parks in Southern Nevada! Visit our Places to Play webpage to find a park near you!



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