You’re Invited to a Party!

And you don’t even need to bring a gift!

In celebration of their 100 year anniversary, the National Park Service will be holding events and opening their doors to everyone in hopes of engaging the population and creating awareness.

Find Your Park, from National Park Service website.

Find Your Park, from National Park Service website.

The events will be in the following themes: Engaging Diverse Audiences and the Next Generation, Bringing Parks to the People, Making History, and Celebrating Together, and have been taking place in several locations since July and will extend until the end of August. You can check the timetables here.

Also, as is customary, the NPS offers free entrance to their our parks on set dates, which includes the period from Aug 25 through Aug 28, in celebration of their centennial.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

I am a fervent believer in the cause, and we hold an annual pass which we obtained for the first time 2 years ago and have been renewing ever since. I do have to admit, I can’t recall going to any park this year, but an $80 fee is something I’m absolutely willing to pay regardless of whether we visit or not, since it helps fund the NPS and all the conservation efforts they put forward. Jon and I have visited Biscayne, Denali, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Hawai’i Volcanoes, Kenai Fjords, Redwood, Sequoia, Shenandoah, and Yellowstone together in the past four or five years alone.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

You can get your annual pass at any National Park when you get your entrance fee (the local park fee is deducted from the pass total), via mail or online. What are the benefits, you ask? From the NPS website:

A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free. 

Do keep in mind that along with your regular annual passes, there are FREE passes for volunteers, people with permanent disabilities, military personnel, as well as senior $10 LIFETIME passes for anyone over 62.

Yellowstone Bison

Yellowstone Bison

You can find more information about the National Park Service at FindYourPark.com or EncuentraTuParque.com (or on Twitter via the #FindYourPark and #EncuentraTuParque hashtags).

Author: Ben Nickel-D'Andrea

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