Seeking Information on National Park Week and Fee Free Days Concessioner Promotions

In an effort to promote opportunities at national parks during National Park Week and other fee-free days in 2012, the NPS Office of Public Affairs has requested information on concessioners’ special activities, packages, park visit enhancement activities and offers keyed to the upcoming Fee Free Days – April 21-29 (National Park Week), June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), September 29 (National Public Lands Day) and November 10-12 (Veterans Day Weekend). Such information will be posted on the NPS Public Affairs web site.

Concessioners may provide information about discounts or other specials and unique activities they might be promoting during these periods via email to Judy Bassett. Initial materials are requested by March 23, 2012 so that these can be posted in time before National Park Week. However, the NPS web site will be updated as Fee Free Days continue. Concessioners may submit additional materials for those dates and summer season through the spring.

The information provided by the concessioner should include a brief description (100-150 words) of the specials and discounts, activities, and links to the concessioner web site and/or other contact information. An electronic photo representing the special/activity may also be submitted if available. It should be noted, the information should focus on special discounts and activities, not just standard services being offered. Also the information may be edited before it is posted on the NPS site.

Several samples of possible write-ups follow:

Grand Canyon
  • Mule Trips — North and South Rim: One-day and two-day mule trips into the canyon are offered from both North and South Rims. For Fee Free Days, a complimentary photo will be offered to all participants throughout National Park Week, April 21-29. Contact: xxxxxxxxx, website xxxxxxxxxxxx.

  • South Rim Bus Tours: Tours within the park to Desert View, as well as sunrise and sunset tours, are available daily. Wheelchair accessible coaches are available by prior arrangement. For NPS Fee Free Days on June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), September 29 (National Public Lands Day) and November 10-12 (Veterans Day Weekend), a special interpretation of the park history will be provided to participants. Contact : xxxxxxxxx, website xxxxxxxxxxxx.

  • Special Events — Grand Canyon's 22nd Annual Star Party, April 21-29, 2012: Explore the wonders of the night sky at Yavapai Point on the South Rim with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and at Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim with the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix and celebrate National Park Week. Amateur astronomers volunteer their expertise. Free star programs offered, and telescopes are available to view planets, star clusters, galaxies, and nebulae by night and to view the sun by day. Grand Canyon is a prime night sky observing site in U.S. Weather permitting. Contact : xxxxxxxxx, website xxxxxxxxxxxx.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Judy Bassett, at 202-513-7151