FREE Entry to National Parks on National Public Lands Day

September 13, 2011, 2:12 pm

The National Park Service will waive entrance fees on September 24, 2011 in honor of National Public Lands Day and the Worldwide Day of Play.

This means FREE entry to more than 100 National Park Service sites across the country that normally charge admission fees, which range from $3 to $25. Additionally, BLM, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other Department of the Interior recreation sites will offer free entry on September 24.

Anyone who volunteers in a national park (or one of many other federally owned public lands) will get a second chance to visit park for free! Volunteers will receive a fee-free coupon after they complete their service, which is good for a full year and can be used at any participating federal land, including units of the National Park System!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to join more than 180,000 volunteers in the country’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to support America’s public lands! In addition to celebrating the natural beauty of our parks, trails, lakes and seashores, you’ll have a chance to get involved in your community and help with a variety of volunteer projects, including building trails and bridges, planting trees and plants, and removing trash and invasive plants.

Visit to find a volunteer location near you. And be sure to check out which park partners including tour operators, hotels, restaurants, gift shops, and other vendors will offer additional discounts and special promotions on those dates. There are also deals to be had that weekend in gateway communities located near the parks. Don’t forget to bring a friend!

In addition to the parks waiving fees on September 25, there are more than 200 other parks that do not have entrance fees. The fee free waiver does not include other fees collected in advance or by contractors—such as fees charged for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions.

A full list of free parks and other discounts is available at

Image Source: National Environmental Education Foundation.