Monday, August 02, 2010

Aug. 14-15: Free entry to national parks

Bird for free at a national park on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14-15! National Park Service will eliminate entrance fees on those two days although other fees -- for camping, reservations and tours -- will remain in effect.

"This fee-free weekend provides an opportunity for individuals and families alike to take an affordable vacation or to explore a nearby park they have never visited before," said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. "I encourage everyone to take advantage of the free admission to visit not only our greatest natural wonders but also our nation’s historic and cultural icons."

Our national park system includes 392 parks in 49 states. You can search for a park here.

You'll find a great variety of resources and information with the NPS site's Explore Nature section.The Migratory Species page includes links to Birdwatching in the National Parks, International Migratory Bird Day and conservation/management plans.

The entrance fees being waived at the 146 sites that usually charge for admission range from $3 to $25. The national park system includes 240-plus sites that never charge entrance fees.

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