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.

Get the Family Outside

Fall is a great time to take the kids on a leaf exploration walk. Encourage them to point out all the colors and shapes they see!

Enjoy the Outdoors While Avoiding Bug Bites

Summer means more time outdoors. Whether you are hiking a mountain trail, camping at a national park or just hanging out in the backyard, you need to watch out for bug bites and poisonous plants. Here are some tips to protect yourself and your children from diseases spread by mosquitoes or ticks and avoid poison ivy and oak:

Spring Outdoor Events for Families or Schools

Welcome the warmer weather with one of these ideas for fun family activities:

  • Reading Under the Stars – focus on literacy while enjoying the beautiful spring weather
  • Garden Planting Party – a fun physical activity that encourages healthy eating
  • Spruce Up the School Day – increase family engagement while giving your school a mini makeover
  • Earth Day – this takes place on April 22 every year
  • Swim Party – partner with your local YMCA for a fun physical activity
  • Outside Movie Night – another opportunity to enjoy the spring weather, family time, and a favorite movie

Tips for Spring Outdoor Event planning:

  • Consider the weather
  • Dress for the temperature
  • Avoid schedule conflicts
  • Find a clean space
  • Practice sun safety

Visit PTO Today for additional information.

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