Grand Canyon to celebrate National Public Lands Day with free entry

Grand Canyon. Photo/WGCN

Grand Canyon. Photo/WGCN

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon National Park will join national parks across the country in celebrating National Public Lands Day (NPLD) with fee free entry into the park on Sept. 28.

National Public Lands Day encourages shared stewardship of our nation's public lands through volunteer service. This year, NPLD celebrates its 20th anniversary and has become the nation's largest single-day, hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance federal, state and local public lands.

In Grand Canyon, volunteers and park staff will work with the park's Vegetation Program to plant a large section of the newly renovated Bright Angel Trailhead. Individuals who are interested in volunteering for this event may apply at www.volunter.gov or call Catie McCarthy at (928) 638-7482. All volunteers must sign up in advance to participate.

Grand Canyon National Park's Green Team will sponsor its inaugural Environmental Film Night to celebrate NPLD. The park will present a free screening of two award-winning environmental films at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center Theater on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The double feature includes "Chasing Water" and "Chasing Ice."

The 2013 Environmental Film Night is a collaborative effort between the park and Grand Canyon Association, the park's official partner. More information about the screenings is available by contacting Marty Martell at (928) 638-7834.

Organizers would like to remind park visitors that fee-free designation applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours or use of concessions. Park entrance stations will have the Interagency Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them. Visitors who plan to spend time in the park beyond Sept. 28 will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay.

The final fee free event this year is Veteran's Day weekend, Nov. 9-11.

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