Celebrate National Public Lands Day

Fall colors frame Mount Moran
near the Oxbow Bend of the Snake River
September 21, 2010
In recognition of the 17th annual National Public Lands Day, Grand Teton National Park will waive entrance fees (including commercial tour fees) on Saturday, September 25. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced that admission fees will be waived to all National Park Service sites as part of an initiative to encourage individuals, families and communities to reconnect with nature and explore America’s great outdoors.

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with a purpose to increase awareness of the value of all public lands, to foster shared stewardship of America’s national resources, and to encourage people to volunteer their time. Federal land agencies have created partnerships with private individuals and citizen groups in an effort to improve, restore or enhance public lands and to provide opportunities for education, outdoor recreation, and enjoyment during National Public Lands Day and beyond.

“September is a perfect month to experience the beauty and bounty of Grand Teton National Park,” said Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott. “This time of year provides incredible opportunities for visitors to catch the brilliant fall colors and watch fascinating wildlife such as elk, moose, bears and pikas as they exhibit their traditional autumn behavior. We hope many people take advantage of this entry fee day and come to visit Grand Teton to enjoy great activities like hiking, fishing, boating and photography.”

National Public Lands Day is the only time that entrance fees are systematically waived on all public lands across America. Fees will be waived at the national park units, as well as other land management sites including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Forest Service areas. In addition to National Public Lands Day, United States veterans are admitted free to national parks each year on Veteran’s Day in November.

Visitors are reminded that the fee waiver applies to entrance fees only and does not affect use fees for camping or boating. For more information on fee-free opportunities in park units around the country, please visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.