Celebrate America's beauty with Parks Week

All 401 national parks in the U.S. will celebrate "National Park Week: Go Wild!" from April 19-27. Parks will offer free admission April 19 and 20.

National Parks in the Metro Atlanta area include Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Sites, and the Chattahoochee River Recreational Area.

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We'll celebrate the beauty of our national parks all week by sharing your photos. Send your National Park photos to photos@11alive.com (Don't forget to include a caption!)

The National Park Service has events planned through the week. Georgia parks are participating in several of them:

1. Go wild for bears. The National Park Foundation is teaming up with Disney on their new film, "Bears". For every ticket sold during opening week (April 18-24), Disney will make a donation to the National Foundation to protect wildlife and wild places across America's National Park system.

2. Junior Ranger Day On April 26, children can take part in special family-friendly activities. Kennesaw has a special "Girl Scout Ranger Day" planned on April 19th. The event from 9:30 am- 1:30 pm will teach the girls first aid and hiker preparedness.

3. Walk in the parkMore than 100 free ranger-led walks are offered during the week.

4. Earth Day The Chattahoochee Recreational Area is hosting an Earth Week campfire, reptile program, and night hike on April 19 from 7:00 to 10:00. Reservations are required.

5. Take a National Park Road trip You can take a self-guided tour to historic places. Most are listed in the National register of Historic Places.

6. Go wild for wildflowers. Spring is the perfect time to visit parks in their wild flower glory.

7. Community-lead conservation projects: Through a program called "Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program", the National Park Service partners with local community groups on ideas for trails, rivers, and parks.


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