Admission will be free to many national parks on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 29, but it will also be an opportunity to lend a hand to protect and preserve the parks.
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands, with 170,000 people participating last year on projects ranging from tree and flower planting to trail maintenance and historic site restoration. At Yosemite National Park in California, for example, more than 1,300 volunteers collected more than 4,000 pounds of trash, restored trails and removed a shed. The Yosemite project was conducted over five days, and will be repeated this year from Sept. 26 to 30.
You can find information on national park projects at publiclandsday.org. Information on educational and recreation events on the fee-free day can be found at the National Parks Service website at nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparksbystate.htm.