Honor National Public Lands on 9/26 and visit all National Parks for free

The fourth Saturday in September is National Public Lands Day. (NPS)

If you are looking for a perfect outdoor service project for you and your family–and want a bargain at the same time — consider planning an RV camping trip the last weekend in September to celebrate, connect with nature and volunteer.

In 1994, National Public Land Day was the brain child of the folks at the National Environmental Education Foundation. This year on Sept. 26, 2020, it is “a day to celebrate the connection between people and green spaces” in our communities, says NEEF.  “Take part in this year’s festivities by visiting a national park for free, volunteering for a project, enjoying the health benefits of being outdoors, or simply sharing your favorite outdoor activity on social media.”

More Ways to Connect to Nature‘ is the theme for this year’s National Public Lands Day and there are hundreds of projects looking for volunteers — to find a work project near you click here.

Free National Park Entry Days

National Public Lands Day is also one of the National Park Service’s free entrance days*. Also, check with your state’s parks department for free entrance.  The final National Parks free-fee day in 2020 is Veterans DayNov. 11.

Minnehaha Falls,in Minnesota.  (NPS)

National Parks “offer superb recreational opportunities, making them perfect places to enjoy our beautiful land, history, and culture, and nurture a healthy lifestyle.” There are hundreds of national parks that NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit.

And if you’re heading to a park this National Public Lands Day, make sure to recreate responsibly.

Find the nearest national park to you by clicking here.

* The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation or special tours.”

Julianne G. Crane

Photos: Arches National Park (NPS). Minnehaha Falls, near Minnesota, lies within the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (NPS).

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