Gulf Islands National Seashore Offers Fee Free Day on Saturday

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In celebration of National Public Lands Day (N.P.L.D.), Gulf Islands National Seashore will join all national parks in offering free admission on Saturday, September 27th, 2014. N.P.L.D. is a day when Americans give back to our public lands through volunteering to clean up, maintain, beautify or to otherwise support our great public lands.

National Public Lands Day began in 1994 and is an annual event which perpetuates the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps (C.C.C.) which was active from 1933-1942. The C.C.C. worked to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage. National Public Lands Day is supported by seven federal agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and state, regional, and local governments which organize activities where people may participate in the annual day of caring for public lands. N.P.L.D. events allow volunteers to participate in hands-on work to assist land management agencies in improving public lands for outdoor recreation.

Superintendent Dan Brown encourages visitors and residents to come explore and enjoy the beautiful beaches, museums, programs, historic forts, and recreational opportunities which abound within the National Seashore. Camping is also available at the Fort Pickens Area of the Seashore. All sites are $26 per night with water and electricity hook-ups, grills/fire rings, and picnic tables. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance for camping year round by calling Recreation.Gov at 877-444-6777 or visiting their website at www.recreation.gov. Walk-ins will be accepted on a space available basis. Park entrance stations will have Senior and Annual Passes available for those who wish to purchase them.

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For a full description of the facilities and programs currently available, visit the park’s web site at www.nps.gov/guis or contact the Naval Live Oaks Visitor Center at 850-934-2600.