Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the National
Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 selected dates throughout 2011
and encouraged all Americans to make a New Year’s resolution to visit a
national park this year.

“Many people have made resolutions to spend more quality time with loved
ones and to get outdoors and unplug in 2011,” said Secretary Salazar.
“There’s no better place than a national park to help keep those
resolutions. Parks offer superb recreational opportunities, making them
perfect places to enjoy our beautiful land, history and culture, and
nurture a healthy lifestyle.”

“In these tough economic times, our fee-free days will give families many
opportunities to enjoy our nation’s heritage and natural beauty in
meaningful and affordable ways,” he said.  Dates for 2001 are:

      January 15-17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
      April 16-24 – National Park Week
      June 21 – First day of summer
      September 24 – Public Lands Day
      November 11 – Veterans Day

Normally, 146 of 392 national parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to
$25. The other 246 do not charge for admission. The fee free waiver for
National Park Week does not include other fees collected in advance or by
contractors—such as fees charged for camping, reservations and use of

For additional information, please call the park visitor center at
417-732-2662, extension 227.

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield preserves and commemorates the first
major battle of the Civil War in the West.   Administered by the National
Park Service, the 1,920-acre battlefield is located 10 miles southwest of
Springfield, Missouri at the intersection of ZZ Highway and Farm Road 182.
For additional information, call 417-732-2662.

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