September 21, 2009

Free museum and National Public Lands Day this Saturday

FREE STUFF ALERT: This weekend, you'll have a choice between visiting an area museum or a National Park, and they'll both be free of charge!

First, this Saturday, September 26th is Smithsonian Magazine's 5th annual Free Museum Day. Entry fees are waived at over 1200 museums, zoos, and cultural attractions across the country. To see a full list of participating museums and plan your day, click here to visit the Smithsonian's website and download your free entry passes. You might have a hard time deciding, in California alone there are over 90 attractions to choose from.

September 26th is also National Public Lands Day, when national parks across the country will waive their entrance fees. The idea is to encourage volunteers to stop by and help clean up and enhance public lands. Click here to get involved. National Public Lands Day keeps up the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which worked from 1933 to 1942 to preserve and protect America's heritage. Did you know national forests cover over 193 million acres, an area equal to the size of Texas?

And speaking of our amazing national parks, put this on your calendar: the latest Ken Burns documentary, The National Parks: America's Best Idea, will air as a 6-part series on PBS beginning September 27th. The excellent blog Married With Luggage has all the info here.

There's no excuse not to enjoy a museum or national park this Saturday!

1 comment:

Betsy Talbot said...

PBS is really promoting this documentary. You can find all kinds of clips and interviews with Ken Burns by searching on YouTube.

We just visited 2 national parks this month on a trip to Colorado, and it reminded how lucky we are to have such pristine public lands.