Governor Ducey Proclaims April 16-24 National Park Week

April 18, 2016

PHOENIX - In honor of the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Anniversary, Governor Ducey has proclaimed April 16-24, 2016 as National Park Week. "Arizona is graced with spectacular natural, recreational, and educational resources and I urge visitors to explore and enjoy all that our parks have to offer this week," said Governor Ducey. 

"We're excited to celebrate the National Park Centennial. 100 years is a big deal," said Sue Black, Arizona State Parks (ASP) Executive Director. "You can experience the parks at your own pace by hiking, camping, or staying in a cabin. Whether it is a state, national, or local park, there's something for everyone."

During this week, ASP is joining with the NPS to support the Every Kid in a Park initiative to engage and cultivate our next generation of park visitors. The program will run at all state parks April 16-30, 2016 and allows free entry to fourth graders (or home-school equivalent students) who present a pass downloaded from everykidinapark.gov. The pass admits children younger than 16 and up to three adults for free to the park for one day. For more information visit AZStateParks.com or call (602) 542-4174 or 1-877-MY-PARKS.

Additionally, ASP has partnered with the Cartwright School District and Devereux Arizona to promote Earth Day, April 22, 2016. Trees donated by Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Parks will be planted at Starlight Park Elementary School in the Cartwright School District on April 21 and at Devereux Arizona's Residential Treatment Center on April 22. 

For information about all 30 Arizona State Parks and Natural Areas, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 or (877)-MYPARKS. Campsite reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. Follow AZStateParks on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. 

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