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Contact: Neal Bedlan, Chief of Interpretation, 402-661-1816
(Omaha, NE): Official health care sponsor of the National Park Service Centennial and National Park Foundation premier partner for the Find Your Park movement will host Humana Senior Skip Day TM on Oct. 8, a day created to encourage people 62 years of age and older to skip out on their normal, daily routine to enjoy a healthy day in one of the national parks. On Oct. 8, seniors will have free access to more than 400 national park sites across the United States, compliments of Humana.
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center, located on Omaha’s riverfront at 601 Riverfornt Drive, will offer a variety of programs for Metro Area seniors on October 8. Have you been thinking about a national park vacation? Join Park Rangers for a cup of coffee and trip planning advice from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested in learning more about Lewis and Clark? Ranger talks will be held on the hour in the native garden and the Lewis and Clark film will be shown every 30 minutes. All activities are free.
As a special bonus, the Western National Parks Association bookstore will be offering 15% off any one item.
“It will be a day to celebrate and learn more about America’s treasures – our national parks.” said Superintendent Mark Weekley. “Who doesn’t need a skip day to feel adventurous and have a little fun?”
In addition, Humana is offering free vouchers for lifetime access to the national parks with the Interagency Senior Pass. People 62 years of age or older can go online to the Humana Senior Skip Day website, download a voucher, and redeem it on October 8 at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center.
This special voucher is only valid on October 8 but the Senior Pass is normally available for $10 in cash or check and with a valid I.D. The Lewis and Clark Visitor Center issues all of the America the Beautiful Passes; the Annual Pass ($80), the Military Annual Pass (free) for activity military and dependents, the Senior Pass ($10) for people 62 years of age or older, the Access Pass (free) for persons with a disability, and the Every Kid in a Park Pass for fourth graders. A Ranger can help you figure out which pass is best for you.
“Natural environments have a direct and positive impact on well-being and the national parks provide countless opportunities to get active and stay fit outdoors,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “We are grateful to Humana for bringing awareness to the ways the national parks can help overall health and well-being.”
So bring your walking shoes and enjoy a walk on Omaha’s riverfront and across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge while you’re here.