Glacier Waives Entrance Fee on National Public Lands Day, September 25
Contact: Amy Vanderbilt, 406 888-5838
Contact: Wade Muehlhof, 406 888-7895
WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Glacier National Park will celebrate the 17th annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD) by waiving entrance fees for all visitors on Saturday, September 25, 2010. Organized by the National Environmental Education Foundation, NPLD is the largest, single-day volunteer event in the United States.
These national cleanups give Americans a yearly opportunity to make public lands in their communities cleaner, prettier and safer. At more than 2,000 sites in all 50 states, National Public Lands Day volunteers will clean parks, lakes, streams and beaches, build trails and bridges, remove invasive species and plant native trees and vegetation. To see a list of NPLD sites, activities, contacts, and downloadable photos from past events visit, go to: www.publiclandsday.org.
Due to an overwhelming response to volunteer opportunities throughout 2010 and the number of volunteer projects currently underway in Glacier National Park this year, there are no specific events being held on NPLD. Park Superintendent Chas Cartwright says, "It has been wonderful to see the outpouring of volunteer efforts during Glacier's centennial commemoration. People of all ages worked on miles of trails, painted dozens of buildings, and improved a number of campgrounds. The contribution to the park is invaluable."
Volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. For more information on volunteer opportunities at Glacier National Park, please contact volunteer coordinator Brooke Linford at e-mail us or by calling 406-888-7851.
All entrance fees into the park, including those for commercial tours, will be waived on NPLD. The fee free waiver does not include other fees for camping, reservations, tours and use of concessions. The next 2010 fee free day is Thursday November 11 (Veterans Day)when veterans, military personnel, and their families receive free admission.
Current road conditions are available by calling 511, the Montana Department of Transportation Traveler Information System. If a phone does not support 511, call 1-800-226-7623. Both numbers are toll-free. Select "Glacier Park Tourist Information" from the main menu to hear Glacier's road report. Travelers may also call park headquarters at 406-888-7800 for current road and weather conditions.
Did You Know?
Grizzly bears in the park have a wide variety of food sources, including glacier lily bulbs, insects, and berries. They may also make an early season meal of mountain goats that were swept down in avalanches over the winter.