Earth Day in the National Parks

Yosemite and the Wuksachi in the sequoias both have big plans.

EARTH DAY: The obvious answer the question "where will you spend Earth Day" is, well, wait for it, the earth. (Unless you're an astronaut or something; we won't assume to know.) And while a day recognizing the importance of treating our planet and home in a nice manner can be celebrated wherever you happen to be, whether that's a city or a suburb or the top of a high-rise, there's something about being steps from a waterfall or surrounded by the largest living things on this particular orb that puts the spirit of Earth Day right in one's heart. With that in mind, we're dreaming of being in Yosemite or among the sequoias this Earth Day and Earth Day Week. Here's what's going down.

YOSEMITE: The weekend of April 20-22 is packed with nature-loving to-dos. Okay, so that isn't too different from my weekends in the national park, but these have an Earth Day bent. Our favorites? A sustainable salad bar tasting -- we don't see many events based around salad bars, so thumbs up right there -- and an Ansel Adams-esque photo class. Fist pumps for anything Ansel Adams.

WUKSACHI LODGE: The Sequoia and Kings Canyon-based hotel will be joining the World Wildlife Fund in observing Earth Hour, which actually comes a few weeks before Earth Day. The date is Saturday, March 31, and there will be a light-dimming and candlelight dinner going down at the tree-blessed lodge.

NATIONAL PARK WEEK: Oh, and before we go, this fee-free week falls from April 21-29 this year (it's always around Earth Day, if you want to make note). Thanks again, NPS!

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