Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Western Pennsylvania National Parks Celebrate National Park Week 2016 Entrance Fees Waived April 16 - 24

Allegheny Portage Railroad Photo Credit: National Park Service
    Celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary and “Find Your Park” at the five Western Pennsylvania National Park Service Sites during National Park Week, April 16 through 24.  The five Western Pennsylvania National Park Service sites: Flight 93 National Memorial, Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Friendship Hill NHS, Johnstown Flood National Memorial and Allegheny Portage Railroad NHS invite local residents and visitors to the area to take advantage of this special opportunity while entrance fees are waived to visit the five Park sites and enjoy Spring in Western PA.
     During this fee free week, visitors will be able to take a hike on 31 miles of trails and view hundreds of artifacts that document the history of our nation on display in the five Visitor Centers.  Children will enjoy completing the free National Park Service Centennial Junior Ranger booklet and receiving a Centennial Junior Ranger Badge. Also New this year Eastern National has developed a Centennial Stamp for each Park Service site, so visitors will want to have their passport book stamped when touring the park Visitor Centers.
     “Find Your Park” is the theme for this year’s National Park Week. Western PA Parks Superintendent Stephen M. Clark encourages local residents and those traveling through the region to visit the five National Park Service sites located in Western PA. “For the National Park Service Centennial, we are celebrating National Park Week by giving everyone free admission all week!  National Park Week is an annual celebration of NPS parks and programs in communities nationwide.  We encourage everyone to find their own connection with in the vast network of public lands and places that protect and preserve our natural and cultural heritage.”

Flight 93 National Memorial Photo Credit: National Park Service

     During National Park Week entrance fees will be waived at Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Johnstown Flood National Memorial and Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. Friendship Hill NHS and Flight 93 National Memorial have no entrance fee. Park visitors are encouraged to help spread the word by sharing your National Park Week experiences through social media by using hashtags #findyourpark and #nationalparks.
     National Park Week is a great opportunity to explore the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service's next 100 years, #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.
Friendship Hill Photo Credit: National Park Service
        National Park week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It is about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacation, and enhancing America’s best idea-the National Parks! Each of the 41- national park units across the country will also be celebrating National Park Week. Visit FindYourPark.com to learn more about National Park Week, the National Park Service Centennial and other events taking place throughout the year.

     To learn more about the Western PA National Parks: Visit the parks websites at Western PA Parks, like us on our Facebook pages, email WEPAinformation@NPS.gov or call MaryEllen Snyder at 724-329-8131 for information on special events planned in 2016 in the five National Parks in Western Pennsylvania.

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