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Contact: Andy Fisher, (520) 733-5139
Tucson, AZ – Saguaro National Park is joining with the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation to celebrate 2015 National Park Week, including free entrance to both districts Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19.
In partnership with the National Park Foundation, this year's theme for National Park Week is #FindYourPark.
"Everyone has a park," according to Andy L. Fisher, Chief of Interpretation for Saguaro National Park. "That park might be a school yard, a city or state park, or just an open field that provides a sense of adventure or belonging within our own community. We feel fortunate that Saguaro National Park is one of those places for our Tucson community.
"Saguaro National Park is hosting additional special programs throughout the week and park staff will be seen around town this weekend, including at the Earth Day Festival at Reid Park and at Cyclovia Tucson. Annual and lifetime federal recreation land passes will be available for purchase at both events.
"Our very first 'InstaMeet' is happening on Sunday in the Rincon Mountain District (east) at Javelina Rocks from 11am to 1pm", Fisher added. "We invite visitors to come out and share their meetup photos on the park's Instagram page, #saguaroinstameet.
"In the park, Western National Parks Association (WNPA) will offer a 15% discount on all book and gift sales in both of Saguaro National Park's visitor centers during the fee free weekend.
Active duty members of the U.S. Military and their dependents are reminded that they may be issued a free Annual pass to all federal recreation areas, any day between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at either visitor center. This pass will permit the pass owner, and up to 3 other adults traveling with them, entrance into all National Parks for 12 months. They must show a current, valid military identification card to qualify for the pass. Additional passes are available to anyone for purchase. Inquire inside either visitor center for additional information.
Please remember that the fee free weekend waives entrance fees only. Additional user fees, such as backcountry camping permit fees, still apply.
For more information on Saguaro National Park, please visit the park's web site at www.nps.gov/sagu.