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National Park Service Announces Fee Free Days

The National Park Service has announced a series of 2011 dates when fees will be waived at national parks and many other federal recreation sites. This program was initiated in 2009 to help Americans deal with the economic pressures of the recession while still enjoying the beauty of one of our greatest national treasures. The program is now an important part of the Department of the Interior’s outreach efforts, to attract Americans to the great outdoors, and to keep parks relevant.

The American Association for Nude Recreation has always been a strong supporter of our national parks, and AANR volunteers participated for many years in Great Outdoors Week. Park visitation currently remains at or below levels of the late 1980s. The total number of hours spent by the public in national parks is down by 13%.

The planned fee-free periods for 2011 are:

January 15-17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

April 16-24 – National Park Week

June 21 – First day of summer

September 24 – Public Lands Day

November 11 – Veterans Day

For more information and a list of parks participating in the fee-free days, click here.

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