As the National Park Service readies for the 100th Birthday on August 25 2016, there are many ways to celebrate during the entire 2016 travel season.
In Moab, the Sierra Club has three trips planned for Moab in May. Each of those three trips include being in Arches National Park, two of them will also visit Canyonlands. Two outings involve camping. There will be a Volunteer Service opportunity in Arches National Park. Work on the highest priority of tasks on the to do list for Arches. No experience is necessary. Good humor is mandatory. Or visit both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park’s Island in the Sky District with a Naturalist. There is a healthy heap of hiking, so tackle physical conditioning before arriving. Plus, there is a woman only week based out of a hotel and includes the parks and a hike, horseback riding and rafting. http://content.sierraclub.org/outings/search/node/moab%20utah
Every Kid in a Park, the White House initiative has already begun. All current 4th graders and their families can experience our nation’s treasures for free until August 2016, the start of another school year. http://www.nationalparks.org/ook/about The National Park Foundation could use a donation to enable the success of this enterprise to get kids outdoors and engage the next generation of advocates for preserving not only National Parks, but national forests, national wildlife refuges and many historical/cultural landmarks. Disney is a premier partner of the program. O.A.R.S. is a supporting partner, donating 1% of trip sales to the National Park Foundation. Outdoor Adventure River Specialists (O.A.R.S.) operates trips all over the world and in Moab.http://discovermoab.com/tour.htm Say Happy Birthday with an O.A.R.S. trip and benefit opening OUTdoors for kids. Before thinking how unfair this initiative is because you haven’t a 4th grader in the family, know that only 127 of America’s 409 national parks charge an entrance fee. And there are 16 free days assigned throughout 2016.http://1.usa.gov/1OOfDVX Those dates are Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 18, National Park Week January 16-24, National Park Service Birthday and the following weekend (it is the Centennial after all) August 25- 28, National Public Lands Day September 24, and Veterans Day November 11.
Get an interpretive escort with the Moab local businesses authorized to lead trips into the parks. Whether a driving tour, hiking tour or photography tour is chosen, the trip leader will have a wealth of local information to share. Discussion flourishes about history, geology, and the abundant nature enveloped in the awe inspiring scenery. Let another do the driving to enable unfettered contemplation of the spectacular panoramas. http://discovermoab.com/archesnationalpark.htm