FREE Entry to National Parks on National Public Lands Day 2012

National Public Lands DayGet out your hiking boots and prepare the kids for a super Saturday in the great outdoors. National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is September 29, 2012 and allows visitors to gain FREE entrance to select public lands. Here’s your opportunity to visit that park you’ve always wanted to check out.

An amazing way to experience the beauty of America is by volunteering on National Public Lands Day. The parks, forests and rest of the outdoors can always use additional help! Get outside and help with trail maintenance, tree planting, clean ups, invasive plant removal and much more. Don’t forget to bring a friend, or a whole group of them.

Enjoy the spectacular fall weather by lending a hand and visiting one of the over 100 national park service lands that is offering free admission for the day. See the complete list at nps.gov. Free admission to public lands on National Public Lands Day also includes U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sites. To find a public land near your home, use the Oh, Ranger! ParkFinderTM mobile app  or search on the home page of OhRanger.com.

If you volunteer your time at a qualifying public land, you will receive a fee-free coupon that allows you to visit any participating federal public land, on any day of your choice, for free.  Check out publiclandsday.org to find a site near you. So far, there are 2,000 registered sites!

Qualifying sites for the coupon include Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or U.S. Forest Service public lands. The coupon is good until September 30, 2013. It is important to keep in mind that the coupons cannot be used for parking, camping, tours or concessions.

Keep contributing even after the day is over and make volunteering a regular part of your life. Last year over 200 friends, groups, and local nonprofit partners that support public lands participated in National Public Lands Day all across the country.