National Park Week: Healthy Parks, Healthy People

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National Park Week, April 16-24, offers healthy family fun and adventure at 394 national parks that have put together a schedule of activities around this year’s theme, “Healthy Parks, Healthy People.”

Jonathan Jarvis, head of the National Park Service, is scheduled to speak at the University of California at Merced on Saturday about public land stewardship.

According to the National Parks website, the theme of the 2011 National Park Week is designed to highlight the “connection between human and environmental health and the vital role America’s national parks play in both.”

Washington, D.C.-area national parks have scheduled dozens of activities for National Park Week, including events at the Fort Dupont Park, Theodore Roosevelt Island, The Old Stone House, Rock Creek Park, Fort Hunt, Belle Haven Park, and Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve.

You can locate a National Park near you with the interactive map on the U.S. National Park Service Website, which also allows visitors to begin a virtual national park experience with online activities to help teachers, kids and parents begin exploring nature and discovering history.

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