Fee-Free Day and Coupons
National Public Lands Day is a fee-free entrance day at many federal public lands including national parks. It's a great opportunity to help a local or favorite public land near you and spend the rest of the day recreating or relaxing on the land. With free admission, feel free to bring a friend or make it a family outing, and enjoy the experience.
National Public Lands Day also partners with five federal land management agencies to provide a special thank-you to their volunteers. Each volunteer who participates in National Public Lands Day at Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or U.S. Forest Service public lands may receive a fee-free coupon.
Fee-Free Coupons for Volunteers
A fee-free coupon provides the volunteer one day of free entry to any participating federal public land, no matter the agency. For example, if you volunteer at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge on National Public Lands Day and receive a coupon, you could use it for free entry into Saguaro National Park the following May!
Each fee-free coupon is good for one day of entrance fees or day use fees until Saturday, September 28, 2013. At some public lands, this can include accompanying passengers in a car. The coupons cannot be used for parking, camping, tours or concessions.
Federal public land sites interested in the fee-free coupon program for their volunteers need to register for National Public Lands Day by checking the eligibility box during our online registration process. Participation in the program and the distribution of the coupons is determined by the event manager.
NPLD is restricted to sending fee-free coupons to federal employees only. If your site is on federal land, but you are not a federal employee (such as a friends group hosting an event on a wildlife refuge), please register normally and then email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your coupons.
More about Fee-Free Days
The National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management have all declared National Public Lands Day on September 29, 2012 as a fee-free day. The Army Corps of Engineers has waived day-use fees at their parks.
A fee-free day is when parks, refuges and rangelands offer free entry for visitors. In 2012, the National Park Service has declared NPLD a fee-free day and is also offering the greatest number of fee-free days at 17, including June 9 (Get Outdoors Day) and the week of April 21-29 (National Park Week). View the full list of fee-free days.
Free entry is a great reason to bring a friend or take the family to a federal public land. But before you jump in the car and travel across the country, contact the public land first. Some parks provide free entry, but charge for camping and recreational services, while others might be managed at the local level by a separate entity. The separate entity may not be participating in the fee-free program. The National Park Service provides a list of parks participating in their fee-free program. For the other federal agencies, contact the public land site directly.
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