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No entrance fees charged during National Park Week next month

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on March 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
March 23, 2010 3:57 pm

As part of National Park Week April 17 to 25, the National Park Service will waive admission fees to national parks. That means admission to places like Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks will be free that week.

Of the 392 national parks, 146 charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25. The other 246 do not charge for admission.

The other national parks units in Washington that will waive entrance fees that week are Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Lewis & Clark National Historical Park and Whitman Mission National Historic Site. North Cascades National Park Complex does not charge an entrance fee.

The fee free waiver for National Park Week does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors – such as fees charged for camping, reservations and use of concessions.

Some parks will also offer additional family friendly activities and special offers on tours, lodging, food, and souvenirs. A listing of parks and promotions will be available at this Web site.

“We are rolling out the red carpet and inviting everyone to visit a
national park and help celebrate National Park Week,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a prepared statement. “Parks are fun and affordable destinations and great places to engage in healthy, outdoor activities, whether for a few hours or a few days.”

“National parks preserve our heritage, promote recreational experiences, and provide places of quiet refuge,” National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said in a statement. “Most people live within a short drive of a national park so I encourage everyone to spend some time enjoying America’s great outdoors during National Park Week.”

As part of the celebration, April 24 has been named National Junior Ranger Day. Each child participating in Junior Ranger activities will receive a certificate, patch, or pin.

Also that week will be the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

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