The National Park Service announced a free day at all parks across the country to recognize National Get Outdoors Day. Â Read the full NPS press release below, then head over to our National Parks section and see where you want to go!Â
WASHINGTON — Get a head start on your summer fun with free admission to any national park this Saturday, June 9. In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, all 397 national parks will waive entrance fees.
â€œOutdoor physical activity is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and national parks are great places to get out, experience nature, and get your heart pumping,â€ said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. â€œThere are so many things to see and do in a park, either on your own or on a guided tour. Stroll a battlefield, hike to a waterfall, observe wildlife, paddle a waterway, walk on the beach, or enjoy a picnic. Thereâ€™s something for everyone in Americaâ€™s national parks. We hope to see you on Saturday.â€
National Get Outdoors Day is part of Great Outdoors Month, proclaimed by the President to encourage Americans, especially youth, to participate in outdoor activities and enjoy the beauty of public lands. Hundreds of organizations and businesses will partner with Federal, state, and local agencies to provide fun and healthy events at sites throughout the country.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington expects several thousand people to take part in a signature Get Outdoors Day event featuring archery, disc golf, a flash mob, an obstacle course, soccer, parachute games, exercise classes, cooking demonstrations and other interactive activities.
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis is anticipating a big crowd for its â€œGet Outdoors under the Gateway Arch.â€ Activities will include a boot camp, yoga, Pilates, tai chi, fishing, gardening, bike rides, and walking tours. A list of other sites hosting National Get Outdoors Day activities can be found at http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/locations/.