Free Entrance to National Parks June 9 for National Get Outdoors Day
As part of National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) the national park service is offering free entrance to all the 397 parks within the national park system. While the vast majority of national parks never charge an entrance fee, the parks that do will waive their fee on Saturday, June 9, 2012. GO Day replaces the first day of summer which was a free entrance day in 2011.
GO Day was created with the goal of offering healthy and fun outdoor activities to youth and those who are under-served or first-time visitors to public lands. The hope is to reconnect these groups to the vast number of parks available to them. Many parks will have special programs and events specifically tailored toward these goals.
GO Day isn't the only time that entrance fees will be waived for national parks this year. There will also be no fee to enter national parks September 29 (National Public Lands Day) and from November 10 through 12 (Veterans Day weekend). Previous free entrance days in 2012 were from January 14 through 16 (Martin Luther King Jr. weekend) and from April 21 through 29 (National Park Week).
In addition to getting more people outdoors and visiting national parks, free entrance days have the benefit of supporting the many local communities which surround these parks. It's a wonderful opportunity to get outside and explore some of the beautiful parks in your area that you may not have done so in the past due to the entrance fee.
It's important to note that while the entrance fee to each park is being waived, other fees such as those for park activities, camping and lodging will remain in effect.
(Photo Source: NPB)