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Yosemite National Park to Celebrate Founder’s Day

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Date: August 19, 2013

Park Entrance Fees Waived for the Day

On Sunday, August 25, Yosemite National Park will celebrate Founder's Day. In commemoration of this special day, entrance fees will be waived for all park visitors. Founder's Day marks the birthday of the National Park Service (NPS). This year, the NPS will be celebrating its 97th birthday.

"Late summer is a wonderful time to visit Yosemite National Park," stated Don Neubacher, Superintendent. "This is a great opportunity to visit the park and help celebrate the birth of the National Park Service."

To help celebrate this special day, Yosemite will conduct an ecological restoration service project, in which park visitors are invited to participate. The project entails removing invasive species and thinning of small trees to protect park resources.  The park will provide required gear and equipment. People who would like to participate should come prepared with closed-toe shoes, long pants, snacks, water, and sun protection. No RSVP is required and people wishing to participate should meet park staff in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. on August 25.

The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916. Yosemite became a national park in 1890 and is one of the 401 units of the National Park System. The United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most significant places as national parks for preservation and enjoyment.

Fees being waived for Founder's Day include the park entrance only. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park are not waived. The fee waiver is good for Sunday, August 25, Founder's Day, only.  

Did You Know?

Sierra Sweet Bay

In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.