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    Grand Teton

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Fee-Free Day to Celebrate Anniversary of the National Park Service

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Date: August 15, 2013
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3393

MOOSE, WY —In celebration of the 97th anniversary of the National Park Service, all 401 national park units—including Grand Teton National Park—will waive entrance fees on Sunday, August 25, 2013. The fee for a private, non-commercial vehicle to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks normally costs $25 for seven days. Park officials highly encourage visitors and local residents to take advantage of this opportunity to explore Grand Teton and enjoy late summer activities from hiking, biking and boating to wildlife watching and scenic photography before the fall season begins.

To help celebrate the day, birthday cake will be served at 12 noon at each of the park's visitor centers: Laurance S. Rockefeller Center, Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, Jenny Lake Visitor Center and Colter Bay Visitor Center. A traditional guitar sing-along and evening program will take place at 8:30 p.m. at the Colter Bay amphitheater. The free public program is titled, "For Future Generations: The story of America's National Parks." As an added bonus, the Grand Teton Association is offering 20% off all items sold at bookstores located in park visitor centers.

Visitors are reminded that the fee waiver applies to entrance fees only and does not affect use fees for camping or boating. For more information on fee-free opportunities in national park units around the country, please visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm. In addition to the August 25th fee waiver, Grand Teton will also allow free entry on September 28 (National Public Lands Day) and November 9-11 (Veteran's Day Weekend).

As part of the National Park Service's Founder's Day, visitors are invited to share their national park experiences with others through a special website, at http://www.nps.gov/aboutus/npsbirthday.htm.

 About the National Park Service:

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Organic Act that established, through congressional legislation, a new agency with a mandate "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wild life therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." Today, the National Park Service cares for 401 sites throughout America, each providing recreational and educational opportunities while preserving our Nation's heritage. These special places also provide valuable insight into our shared natural and cultural history. The National Park Service will celebrate its centennial in 2016.  

Did You Know?

Tetons from the north, photo by Erin Himmel

Did you know that a large fault lies at the base of the Teton Range? Every few thousand years earthquakes up to a magnitude of 7.5 on the Richter Scale signal movement on the Teton fault, lifting the mountains skyward and hinging the valley floor downward.