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Old 01-07-2017, 06:43 PM   #1
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Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Mark your calendar for these entrance feeā€“free dates in 2017:

January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
February 20: Presidents' Day.
April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week.
August 25: National Park Service Birthday.
September 30: National Public Lands Day.
November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend.


https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm
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Old 04-14-2017, 10:07 AM   #2
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Here are some highlights during National Park Week:

April 15-16 and 22-23: Visit for free!
On these National Park Week weekends, every national park will give you free admission!

April 15: Junior Ranger Day
Calling kids of all ages! Earn a Junior Ranger badge at one of the many fun programs happening at parks across the country.

April 22: Earth Day
Join a volunteer project or simply enjoy the natural wonders and wildlife preserved in national parks.

April 23: Park Rx Day
Get healthy and active in a national park with a ranger-led program or with family and friends.

http://www.ozarksfirst.com/news/free...kend/692011312
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We always enjoyed the first two weeks in June, which we spent in Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park.

We haven't gone since we moved to the Lake. In fact, our last time there was 2002, the month after we moved. That date sticks because I had just told my dad we finally moved to the lake, and we had to leave RMNP to be with him during his final days.

We always wanted to do more National Parks out West, but we've headed the other direction.

It would be a big shame to not have the parks (there's been talk of that).

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Why not call the National Park Service at 1-888-ASK-USGS and get a $10 Life time Senior pass to National Parks for those days that are not free days. Comes with nifty discounts for those on here who qualify.
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Why not call the National Park Service at 1-888-ASK-USGS and get a $10 Life time Senior pass to National Parks for those days that are not free days. Comes with nifty discounts for those on here who qualify.
I bought one a few years ago when I visited Ft. Pickens near Pensacola FL.
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Fun fact: There are 417 national parks in the U.S., spanning across more than 84 million acres. And if you're 62 or older, $10 will get you into all of them for the rest of your life.

It's not just national parks. The National Park Service said the $10 Senior Pass provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five federal agencies, including the Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

But that price is about to go up significantly. According to the AARP, the lifetime pass for senior citizens will go up to $80 before the end of 2017.

But don't panic just yet. NPS said the price increase is not expected within the next few months.

The price increase comes after Congress approved the National Park Service Centennial Act in December 2016, which raises fees and sets up an endowment to help pay for projects and visitor services.

If you get a Senior Pass online or through the mail, it adds $10 to the overall fee.
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Why not call the National Park Service at 1-888-ASK-USGS and get a $10 Life time Senior pass to National Parks for those days that are not free days. Comes with nifty discounts for those on here who qualify.
Related somewhat, for our younger (than 65 ) MO anglers, you can get a lifetime fishing permit. Even though I've "outgrown" it, I still get mailings from MDC.

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Related somewhat, for our younger MO anglers, you can get a lifetime fishing permit. Even though I've "outgrown" it, I still get mailings from MDC.
Not necessarily only the youngest of MO anglers can save with the lifetime permit. The price reduces by age, and for that last five years before you don't have to have a permit, the price is $35. 60-64 years of age. So that's $7/year vs $12. Plus the lifetime permit includes the $7 trout permit at no additional charge.
So that is a savings of $12/year, or $60 over those five years. Plus seven dollars a year after you turn 65.
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Why not call the National Park Service at 1-888-ASK-USGS and get a $10 Life time Senior pass to National Parks for those days that are not free days. Comes with nifty discounts for those on here who qualify.
That pass is also good for other National areas, too, that run by the Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, and some others. Also applies to some Corps of Engineer facilities.

Age is 62 and up.
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