National Park treasures free on National Public Lands Day, 9/22

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The iconic Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Moab, Utah. (NPS Photo/Neal Herbert)

It is not too early to start making plans to visit your favorite national park treasure for free on Saturday, Sept. 22, National Public Lands Day. More than 2,000 national parks and other public lands will swing open their gates for everyone.

The focus for National Public Lands Day 2018 is on “resilience and restoration,” according to National Environmental Education Foundation.

“Our natural resources are resilient, but only if we treat them right and give them the care they need. Through volunteer service on National Public Lands Day, as well as grant support to local organizations, NEEF helps ensure people of all ages and abilities connect with public lands for recreation, hands-on learning, and community-building—now and in the future.”  To find a project for your family near you, click here.

Veterans Day, Nov. 11

The final free admission day in 2018 is Sunday, Veterans Day, Nov. 11.  To honor all past and present members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the National Park Service will waive all entrance fees for everyone. Many national parks will also host special events.

The National Park Service provide family friendly activities and special offers on tours, lodging, food, and souvenirs. “However, the fee-free waiver does not include fees collected in advance or by contractors. These include such as fees charged for camping, reservations, and use of concessions,” according to national parks.

Whenever possible it is always recommended to make your camping reservations before heading to our extremely popular National Parks, especially during the primary vacation season.  Click here for more information about planning your trip.

And one last thing, when traveling with children and grandchildren learn more about the Junior Ranger Program. It is a great program and a hit with the kids.

Julianne G. Crane

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