Thursday, September 25, 2014

Go Play! Free Entrance to all National Parks September 27, 2014

This Saturday, September 27, celebrate National Public Lands Day by heading to a national park to play, learn, serve, or work.

The 21st annual event will feature free admission to every National Park Service site, as well as special activities and volunteer work projects at 60 national parks across the country in honor of National Public Lands Day. So count on making this one of your first fall trips, one on which you can do good and do well at the same time.

Make it a weekend and spend a day apple picking too.

Celebrate our National Parks and Historic Sites

Many parks will host special ranger programs and events, including a star party at Craters of the Moon National Memorial and Preserve, a Fall Fiesta at Bandelier National Monument, the Peanut Festival at Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, a wilderness fair at Joshua Tree National Park, the Mountain Festival at City of Rocks, and Music and Art in the Mountains at Blue Ridge Parkway.

Give Back to our National Parks

Last year, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,237 sites in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.  Every volunteer will receive a free pass for a future visit to a national park. Projects suited to almost any age or skill level include leading weed-eating goats around the Carl Sandburg National Historic Site, restoring wetlands at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, cleaning the beach at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and rehabilitating a campground at Prince William Forest Park.

Maple trees will reach their peak of coloration in late September in the northeast and mid Atlantic states.

Guide to Family Volunteer Opportunities at National Parks and Historic Sites

Here's a state-by-state guide of national parks that will host volunteer projects on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 27. Visit for more information:

Alabama: Little River Canyon National Preserve, Russell Cave National Monument
Alaska: Sitka National Historical Park
Arizona: Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Grand Canyon National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, Saguaro National Park
Arkansas: Arkansas Post National Memorial
California: Channel Islands National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, John Muir National Historic Site, Lava Beds National Monument, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, Yosemite National Park
Colorado: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
Connecticut: Weir Farm National Historic Site
Delaware: First State National Monument
Washington, DC: National Capital Parks- East, National Mall and Memorial Parks
Florida: Everglades National Park, Gulf Islands National Seashore
Georgia; Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site
Hawaii: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Indiana: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Maryland: C&O Canal National Historical Park, Monocacy National Battlefield
Massachusetts: Minute Man National Historical Park
Michigan: Keweenaw National Historical Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Minnesota: Pipestone National Monument
Mississippi: Vicksburg National Military Park
Missouri: George Washington Carver National Monument
Nebraska: Homestead National Monument of America
Nevada: Lake Mead National Recreation Area
New Hampshire: Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
New Jersey: Patterson Great Falls National Monument
New York: Gateway National Recreation Area
North Carolina: Cape Lookout National Seashore, Carl Sandburg National Historic Site
Ohio: James A. Garfield National Historic Site, William Howard Taft National Historic Site
Oklahoma: Chickasaw National Recreation Area
Oregon: Oregon Caves National Monument
Pennsylvania: Valley Forge National Historical Park
Puerto Rico: San Juan National Historic Site
South Dakota: Jewell Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Park
Tennessee: Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Shiloh National Military Park
Texas: Big Bend National Park, Padre Island National Seashore
Utah: Arches National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Zion National Park
Virginia: Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Prince William Forest Park, Shenandoah National Park, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts,
Washington: Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Mount Rainier National Park, San Juan Island National Historical Park
Wyoming: Devils Tower National Monument, Yellowstone National Park

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