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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Visitors can view mountain ridges stretching to the horizon at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Dates in 2013 ranging from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to Veterans Day when more than 2,000 national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other federal lands will offer free admittance to everyone.

The National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will waive their entrance fees and the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation will waive their standard amenity fees on September 28 for National Public Lands Day and from November 9 to 11 for Veterans Day weekend.

The National Park Service will also waive entrance fees on January 21 for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, from April 22 to 26 during National Park Week, and on August 25 to celebrate the agency’s 97th birthday.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will also waive entrance fees on January 21 for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and on October 13 for National Wildlife Refuge Day.

The Bureau of Land Management will also waive standard amenity fees on January 21 for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The U.S. Forest Service will also waive standard amenity fees on January 21 for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and on June 8 for Get Outdoors Day.

“National parks and other public lands are becoming increasingly important for both our mental and physical health,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “In our fast-paced world, they provide places for good, old-fashioned social networking with others – places where we can relax and unwind, where we can experience new and different things, and where we can easily share thoughts and communal activities.”

Tourism and outdoor recreation are also powerful economic engines in communities across the country. Recreation on federal lands in 2009 provided 440,000 jobs and contributed $55 billion to the economy.

The fee waiver does not cover expanded amenity or user fees for things such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

Active duty military members and their dependents are eligible for a free annual pass that provides entrance to lands managed by the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service. The America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program also offers a free lifetime pass for people with disabilities, a $10 lifetime senior pass for those age 62 and over, and a $80 annual pass for the general public.

America’s great outdoors should be experienced by everyone,” said Salazar. “Our fantastic network of public lands provides world class recreational opportunities, the chance to view abundant wildlife in natural habitats, sites that showcase our nation’s rich and diverse history, and some of the most incredible scenery found anyway. The fee free days will give both first time and repeat visitors a good reason to spend time in these extraordinary places.”

Date Event Agency Participating
January 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
US Forest Service
April 22 – 26 National Park Week National Park Service
June 8 Great Outdoors Day US Forest Service
August 25 National Park Service Birthday National Park Service
September 28 National Public Lands Day National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
US Forest Service
October 13 National Wildlife Refuge Day Fish & Wildlife Service
November 9 – 11 Veterans Day weekend National Park Service
Fish & Wildlife Service
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
US Forest Service

To encourage Americans to explore America’s natural beauty, rich history and culture, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that the National Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 days in 2012.

“From Independence Hall to our newest national park, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, our national parks tell the story of America, from the beauty of our land to our struggle for freedom and justice,” Secretary Salazar said. “Whether or not it’s during one of the 17 fee free days next year, I encourage everyone to visit a park near them and enjoy the remarkable landscapes and historical and cultural sites that are unique to our great country.”

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WASHINGTON, DC: The National Park Service encourages all Americans to participate in the Share the Experience Photo Contest and join the ranks of Ansel Adams, Thomas Moran, and others who have created masterpieces depicting the nation’s public lands. The photo taken by the grand prize winner will appear on a 2012 America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. He or she will receive a prize package that includes a trip for four to a federal recreation area, photography equipment, and a pass to the national parks and other federal lands for 2012. Second-, third-, and fourth-place winners, and 10 Honorable Mention winners will also receive prizes.

The contest runs through December 31, 2010. Amateur photographers can participate by uploading photos on www.sharetheexperience.org or through Facebook, Flickr, or Shutterfly to the contest website.

“We always encourage the American people to visit and experience their national parks,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis. “We especially do so now, in the weeks before the Share the Experience deadline. Photography is very much about seeing. Head to a national park and really see it—through the lens of your camera.”

Few Americans live far from one of the country’s 393 national parks. These protected places come in all sizes. They can be found in cities (for example, Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco) as well as in areas on which humans have had less impact. They preserve natural features like the Everglades and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and historic sites like Independence Hall and the farm on which Abraham Lincoln lived as a boy and a young man.

Share the Experience—the official photo contest of America’s national parks and federal recreational lands—is sponsored by Olympus, a leader in precision technology and a maker of digital cameras and other products that enhance customers’ lives every day, and the National Park Foundation, the Congressionally chartered charity of America’s national parks. Olympus and the National Park Foundation offer Share the Experience in partnership with the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service.

The annual Share the Experience contest showcases the more than 500 million acres of federal lands and draws entries from all across the United States. It is the largest national park and public land photo contest for amateur photographers.

“We always tell people in parks to take only pictures and leave only footprints,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. “Our annual photo contest is a great reason to get outside and capture the incredible places preserved in our national parks.”

For contest rules and a complete list of prizes, please see www.sharetheexperience.org.

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