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National Park Service Announces Entrance Fee-Free Days for 2019

The National Park Service will waive all entrance fees on five days in 2019.

The five entrance fee-free days for 2019 will be:

  • Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 20 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day
  • Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
  • Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
  • Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day

“The entrance fee-free days hosted by the National Park Service are special opportunities to invite visitors, volunteers and veterans to celebrate some important moments for our parks and opportunities for service in those parks,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith.

The National Park System includes more than 85 million acres and includes national parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields, and national seashores. There is at least one national park site in every U.S. state.

Last year, 331 million people visited national parks spending $18.2 billion, which supported 306,000 jobs across the country and had a $35.8 billion impact on the U.S. economy.

Only 115 of the 418 parks managed by the National Park Service charge entrance fees regularly, with fees ranging from $5 to $35. The other 303 national parks do not have entrance fees. The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the U.S. military, families of fourth grade students, and disabled citizens.

Other federal land management agencies offering their own fee-free days in 2019 include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Give Experience Gifts Instead of Toys

   

This list from Motherly, will help you provide your child with an awesome experience and lifelong memories.

Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

It’s great to get outdoors during the summer, but it’s important to stay safe in the sun. Don´t let the heat ruin your family fun. Follow these tips to prevent heat-related health issues:

  • Never cover your baby’s stroller with a blanket. It may block the sun, but even a thin blanket can stop air circulation and cause the interior of the stroller to overheat.
  • Never leave a child in a parked car. Vehicles can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open.
  • Keep your children hydrated when they’re playing outside, don’t wait until they’re thirsty.

Fifth Annual Milk Run 5K

UF/IFAS Extension Orange County will host its fifth annual Milk Run 5K as part of the Healthy Living Expo on Saturday March 24, 2018. The race will begin at 9:00am at the UF/IFAS Extension Orange County.

The run will be held on the former T.G. Lee Dairy property and presents one of the few off-road running opportunities in the Orlando metropolitan area. Throughout the run, participants can enjoy a journey through a working cattle operation ranch with lots of wildlife in the city limits.

All proceeds will benefit Extension programs. Registration is $25 through March 16th. Groups of five or more will receive a discount. Late registrations after March 17th and the day of the run will be available. Prizes will be awarded by age division and refreshments will be provided by the sponsors to all participants.

This is an event that supports healthy living with something for everybody and is perfect for a family activity. For more information and registration, go to: http://milkrun.org or call 407-254-9222 for paper registration.

Super Bowl Family Fun

Who’s ready for some fun family activities while watching the Super Bowl?  We know we are!  Check out this game from Spark People which we’re sure will get your family moving and grooving while watching the Big Game!

Hint – to enlarge the picture, click on it

Super bowl fun