National Parks, Public Lands To Offer Free Admittance On Several Dates Throughout 2013

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012  |  Updated 1:17 PM EDT
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When To Visit A National Park For Free

Enjoy the great outdoors? Want to explore our country's great lands and wildlife refuges, but can't justify paying to do so? Well, does Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar have some news for you.

Wednesday, Salazar announced that the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Reclamation will waive admittance fees during several dates throughout 2013. 

“Our national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests and other public lands offer every American a place to enjoy outdoor recreation, learn about our nation’s history and culture, and restore our souls and spirits by connecting with the natural beauty and wildness of our land,” Salazar said in a statement. “By providing free admission, we are putting out an invitation to all Americans to visit and enjoy these extraordinary treasures that belong to all our people.”

So when can you go for free? Here's the dates and which agencies are 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

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