New York City is getting ready to announce a series of special events honoring national parks with a week-long celebration featuring music and film. The festivities, which run September 20th-27th, will take place across all of New York City's 10 national parks (over 27,000 acres!) and feature an exclusive peek at highlights from Ken Burns’s upcoming documentary film, “The National Parks: America's Best Idea”.

In what's shaping up to be busy week for the environment, NYC will also recognize "Climate Week" during the same time period -- which makes me wonder why they didn't just separate the two (or combine them). That celebration will coincide with the opening of the United Nations General Assembly. As MNN reported earlier, "hundreds of government officials, business leaders, scientists, artists and academics will gather in for a week of meetings and events aimed at tackling the worldwide issue of climate change."

So, if you're at all a fan of Mother Nature, be sure to hang around NYC the week of the 20th. Between National Parks Week and Climate Week, I'm sure there's plenty you'll find interesting.

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New York City to celebrate national parks
Week-long event will feature special events throughout the city.