Do This: National Park Week (4/18-4/26/20)

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Social distancing for humans.

Usually National Park Week is a great excuse to get outside to visit many of your favorite National Parks for free (those that charge a entry fee). This year obviously, there will be some modifications, but there are still opportunities.

Sadly Shenandoah NP is now temporarily closed as of April 8th (read about its status). Other parks and historical sites managed by the National Park Service (NPS) near DC remain open, but all the in-person activities that were planned for 2020’s National Park Week from April 18-26 have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

But don’t despair! Even if you cannot, or choose not to get outside for safety reasons, you can still virtually ‘visit’ many National Parks and other NPS designated units. Parks across the country will host a variety of special programs and events with a focus on digital experiences. Check out the current options here.


Message from the NPS on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response:

The National Park Service is modifying its operations on a park-by-park basis in accordance with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities. While most facilities and events are closed or canceled, many of our outdoor spaces remain accessible to the public. Before visiting, please check with individual parks regarding changes to park operations. If you choose to visit a national park, please ensure that you follow CDC and state and local guidelines to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and practice Leave No Trace principles. Updates about the NPS response, including safety information, are posted on

Author: Jeremy Bailey

Writer and editor living in Washington, D.C.

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