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Ranger talk Rocky Mountain National Park

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All 397 national parks will offer free entrance on Saturday, September 29 for National Public Lands Day. The 19th annual event encourages everyone to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. Visit www.nps.gov for a list of parks and information to help plan your park adventure.

“National Public Lands Day reminds all of us of the vast and diverse nature of America’s open spaces, from small neighborhood parks to large national parks, and the importance of each one,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We are fortunate that more than 600 million acres of public land, including national parks, provide all of us with cherished places where we can go to unwind, recreate, or learn.”

Many people will lend a hand to the land and spend part of National Public Lands Day volunteering on work projects. More than 170,000 people are expected to plant trees, clean watersheds, remove invasive plants, replace signs, and otherwise beautify 2,000 public sites throughout the country. Visit www.publiclandsday.org for more information.

Some of the national parks hosting volunteer events are Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, Fort Pulaski National Monument in Georgia, San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and Prince William Forest Park in Virginia. Anyone who volunteers for a National Park Service work project will receive a coupon good for future entrance to a national park.

Other Federal agencies offering free admittance on September 29 include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and the U.S. Forest Service.

Normally, 133 national parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25. The other 264 parks do not charge for admission. The National Park Service will also waive entrance fees from November 10-12 in commemoration of Veterans Day.

 

Washington – This September 24, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, invite Americans to go for a walk, kick a ball, plant a tree, or simply relax in a national park in observance of National Public Lands Day. As part of the 18th annual celebration, the National Park Service will waive all entrance fees and host special events for visitors and volunteers.

“Ranging from the community playground to the world’s first national park, about one third of our country’s land is public space – set aside for all of us to enjoy,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Whether you prefer to lend a hand on a volunteer project or just take it easy, Let’s Move Outside on National Public Lands Day and experience these wonderful places.”

For the largest National Public Lands Day event taking place this year, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation have partnered with Nickelodeon to host the 8th annual Worldwide Day of Play. The flagship Worldwide Day of Play event will take place in Washington, D.C. on the Ellipse in President’s Park, next to the White House. This year’s Worldwide Day of Play will be the biggest yet, with an entire day of physical activities and games for kids and their families to encourage active and healthy lifestyles.

The National Park Service has developed a special Junior Ranger program for the day that will give kids a pedometer and encourage them to walk the length of trails in national parks across the country. National park rangers will also help kids try out a climbing wall and test their speed in a tent-raising race.

Also on September 24, Nickelodeon’s networks and website will go dark from 12 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET/PT) in an effort to inspire kids and families to get up and get active. Visit http://www.worldwidedayofplay.com for more information.

In addition to the Worldwide Day of Play activities taking place in  Washington, D.C., National Public Lands Day will be celebrated in national parks coast-to-coast. Here are some great ways to enjoy the day – and the fee free admittance – to all of America’s 395 national parks.

CALIFORNIA: John Muir National Historic Site – Grand opening of the renovated visitor center

COLORADO: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument – No Child Left Inside Day “unplug” and join in fun games and music

HAWAII: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Lei, Hula, and ‘Ukulele Lessons

LOUISIANA: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park – Folklife Demonstrations of Cajun music, dancing, and quilting

MICHIGAN: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – Au Sable Day 2011 celebrates the park’s 1874 light station with tours and games

MINNESOTA: Mississippi National River & Recreation Area – Paddleboat RAVE!

MISSISSIPPI: Natchez Trace Parkway – Pioneer Day

TEXAS: Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument – Small Fry Fishing Lessons

VERMONT: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park – Forest Festival Weekend with horse-drawn wagon rides and wood crafts for kids

VIRGINIA: Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park and Richmond National Battlefield Park are just two of the Civil War parks featuring living history encampments

National Public Lands Day is the country’s biggest single-day effort to spruce up parks and other open space. Volunteer work projects are planned for every state. There are 70 national parks among the hundreds of sites hosting events. Sign up and join 170,000 people who are going to come out and help care for the land that day. A complete list can be found at http://www.publiclandsday.org. Every volunteer will receive a voucher for free entrance to a national park on a future day of their choosing.

FLORIDA: Help remove marine debris at Biscayne National Park

GEORGIA: Restoration work on historic homes at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site

GUAM: Plant native seeds at War in the Pacific National Historical Park

IOWA: Reconstruct an 81-acre tallgrass prairie at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

PENNSYLVANIA: Plant flowers at the Liberty Bell Center

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 395 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION You are the owner of 84 million acres of the world’s most treasured memorials, landscapes, ecosystems, and historic sites — all protected in America’s nearly 400 national parks. Chartered by Congress, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks. We work hand in hand with the National Park Service to connect you and  all Americans to the parks, and to make sure that they are preserved for the generations who will follow. Join us at www.nationalparks.org.

Need some fresh air to clear your mind?  How about a stroll through a garden to mellow out the stress of a busy day?  Or maybe winter has packed on a few extra pounds and it’s time to hit the bike trails again.

America’s 394 national parks offer many close-to-home opportunities for outdoor recreation.  A growing number of doctors even write “Park Prescriptions” to get patients outside and active.   The growing connection between public lands and public health is the focus of National Park Week, April 16-24.  Entrance to all national parks is free throughout the week.

“National parks have always been great places to go on vacation, have fun, and learn something, but for millions of Americans national parks are also
a daily part of a healthy lifestyle” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said.   “If you’ve never thought of your national parks that way, we’d like to invite you to come out to see how parks can help you meet your fitness goals.  Getting outside and moving is the first step.”

However, you don’t have to work up a sweat to enjoy a national park.  Take in a ranger talk or join a free guided tour.  Or add some superlatives to
your life list:  the world’s tallest trees (sequoias), longest cave (Mammoth Cave), largest carnivore (Alaskan Brown Bear), or the United States’ highest peak (Mount McKinley), lowest point (Death Valley), or deepest lake (Crater Lake).  Plan you visit at www.nps.gov.

In addition to waiving entrance fees throughout the week, national parks and park partners are offering programs as part of National Park Week
festivities.  On Saturday, April 16, many parks will be looking for volunteers to help with projects and on Saturday April 23, kids will be the special guests for the 5th annual Junior Ranger Day.  More details at www.nps.gov/npweek.

Additional fee-free days scheduled for 2011 are June 21 (the first day of summer), September 21 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11-13
(Veterans Day Weekend).

If that first step toward fitness isn’t in a national park, it just might be in a place that the National Park Service helped to create.  Through the
Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program, Land and Water Conservation Fund grants, and other programs, the National Park Service
works with states and communities to create and expand local recreation opportunities outside of national parks.  Learn more at www.nps.gov/communities.

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