Not only is next week Earth Week, but it’s also National Parks Week, so get ready for a list of ways you can celebrate both the earth and our parks, whether it’s through picking up a new book to read or finding time to get outside and enjoy nature.
Activities to Celebrate
Villanova is lucky enough to be situated only 15 minutes from one of Pennsylvania’s national parks—Valley Forge National Park. This week or weekend get together a group of your close friends, find someone with a car and make the drive over to Valley Forge to walk around and enjoy nature. Not only is this a great way to celebrate National Parks, but it also lets you get outside, clear your head and refocus for all of the end of semester studying and papers that lie ahead.
Villanova has a wide variety of Earth Week events going on, some of them starting as early as this week, and all of them are worth attending; however, I wanted to highlight another event that gets you outside and looking at nature, even if it’s not at a National Park. Next Thursday, April 22, Villanova’s horticulturist, Hugh Weldon will be leading a tour of the trees around campus. More details and registration can be found here.
Books to Read
The Falvey collection has a wide range of National Parks Travel Guides that you can reserve and pick up. The collection has guides for everything you need to know for parks from Shenandoah National Park to Glacier National Park. With only a month left of the semester, now is the perfect time to grab some guide books and start planning a summer road trip to a National Park near or far!
Fun Fact: Did you know each day of National Parks Week has its own theme?
The National Park Service website has a list with themes for each day of National Park week as well as other ideas for you to celebrate. Below are the themes for each day.
April 17 – Park Rx Day
April 18 – VIP (Volunteers In Parks) Sunday
April 19 – Military Monday
April 20 – Transformation Tuesday
April 21 – Wayback Wednesday
April 22 – Earth Day
April 23 – Friendship Friday
April 24 – Junior Ranger Day
April 25 – BARK Ranger Day
Let us know how you plan on celebrating both Earth Week and National Parks Week next week!
Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.