To mark the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and to celebrate the launch of the Obama Administration’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today (April 22) announced a schedule of free admission days to many of the lands managed by the department, according to a news release.
All national parks, national wildlife refuges and many areas managed by the Bureau of Land Management will offer free admission on June 5-6, Aug. 14-15, Sept. 25 (Public Lands Day), and Nov. 11 (Veterans Day). These dates are in addition to the previously announced free admission at all 392 national parks April 17-25 as part of the celebration of National Park Week.
“President Obama has made connecting Americans to the outdoors and our history a fundamental goal of the conservation initiative announced at Friday’s White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors,” said Salazar.
“The Interior Department was proud to host that conference and will be even prouder to host Americans who want to get outdoors to visit their public lands.”
America’s public lands offer opportunities to engage in healthy, outdoor activities, whether for a few hours or a few days. More details about fee free days and activities are available for:
- National parks at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
- National wildlife refuges at http://www.fws.gov/refuges/.
- Bureau of Land Management areas at http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/Recreation/BLM_Fee_Free_Days.html.
“What better way to celebrate this Earth Day than to make it easier for all Americans to experience the breathtaking landscapes, amazing creatures, and the stories that make up our shared heritage,” added Salazar. “By getting outdoors, we remind ourselves of our blessings and of the responsibility we all have to pass these lands on to our children and our grandchildren.”
It used to be that camping was the ultimate “green” activity. But many now enjoy the great outdoors in the comfort of giant motorhomes, which suck up a lot of energy.
For this Earth Day, National Public Radio visited a KOA campground in Flagstaff, Ariz., that’s working hard to reduce its carbon footprint. In the process, it’s becoming a national model for “green” RV camping. Arizona Public Radio’s Gillian Ferris Kohl reports.
Click here to hear her report.