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National Park Week Thru April 24

Join in the fun of National Park Week 2011. Historic reenactments, gushing waterfalls, abundant wildlife, blooming wildflowers, and free admission make it the perfect time to get outside and enjoy a national park.

“National Park Week is a great time to visit and celebrate these places owned by all Americans,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “With 394 to choose from, you can find a national park for just about every interest, from battlefields commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War to great urban parks like Gateway and Golden Gate to gorgeous landscapes like Acadia or Mount Rainier where you can experience nature and all it has to offer.   There is no better place than a national park to exercise, have fun, or learn something.”

Throughout National Park Week, parks will host an amazing variety of   concerts, demonstrations, tours, ranger-led hikes, and discovery walks. Children’s programs will take center stage on Saturday, April 23, for the fifth annual National Junior Ranger Day. Fun, healthy, family-friendly activities will encourage kids to “Let’s Move Outside!” Check out to find an event where kids can participate in hands-on activities and earn a commemorative patch.

The other fee-free days scheduled for 2011 are June 21 (the first day of summer), September 24 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11-13 (Veterans Day Weekend).

Free admission, warmer weather, longer days, and fewer crowds make this weekend a great time to visit a national park! To celebrate the coming of summer, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees at all parks on June 5 & 6.

“National parks offer visitors great places to exercise their bodies and their minds- or just relax with family or friends,” said National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. “Check out the birding caravan at Acadia in Maine or be part of the 50th anniversary celebration at Bent’s Old Fort in Colorado. Whatever your interests come on out this weekend and experience the best places that America has at the best price you’ll find – free!”

National Trails Day on June 5 is an opportune time to hike a portion of the 17,000 miles of trail located in national parks. Additionally, the National Park Service National Trails System manages more than 50,000 miles of historic and scenic trails of national importance, such as the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail and more than 1,000 national recreation trails of local or regional significance.

The National Park Service entrance fees will also be waived on August 14 & 15, September 25, and November 11, 2010. Fees for activities such as camping, reservations, tours, or concessions are not affected by the entrance fee waiver.

There are 147 parks that normally charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25. The other 245 national parks do not charge entrance fees, so you can plan inexpensive visits year round!

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