National Park Week Announced With Free Entry
National Park Week Announced –
National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has just announced that National Park Week will take place from April 17 to 25. Entrance fees will be waived for the entire period, providing a wonderful opportunity for us to encourage all Americans to visit a park.
The focus will be on fitness. Half as many kids get outside as they did 10 years ago, 60 percent of Americans do not get the recommended amount of exercise, and one-third of adults are not physically active at all. During National Park Week, and throughout the year, parks are encouraged to plan activities that promote physical well being.
The entrance fee free week will be in addition to the usual fee free days for National Public Lands Day on September 25 and Veterans Day on November 11. There may be additional entrance fee free days designated in 2010.
Did You Know?
Long before the Bighorn River was tamed by the Yellowtail Dam, the roiling waters through the canyon were feared. During spring snowmelt, the water turned into a raging torrent, a combination of whirlpools, rapids, and eddies. Conversely, the river through the canyon had a reputation for being placid by late summer, when dry heat and lack of rainfall turned it into a sedate stream. More...