Mount Rainier National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday with free admission and several volunteer projects.
National Public Lands Day is an annual celebration of public involvement in the stewardship of America’s national, state and local parks and forests. More than 170,000 individuals are expected to participate in events all over the country, according to a National Park Service release.
In recognition of this, entrance fees will be waived at all national parks for the day. Volunteers will receive an additional coupon for free admission on a day of their choice, according to Kevin Bacher, Mount Rainier’s volunteer program manager.
The National Parks Conservation Association at 8 a.m. Saturday will help coordinate registration for the event, which is open to everyone. The association will be headquartered at Longmire, six miles inside the southwest entrance to the park.
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After a brief welcome at 9 a.m., participants will divide into work groups. The Washington Trails Association and Park Service crew leaders will lead trail maintenance projects around Paradise, while other crews will continue historic restoration work in a campground at Longmire that is used by volunteers, school groups and other park partners.
Trail work is suitable for ages 16 and up, while campground restoration is good for all ages.
According to Bacher, the work day caps a busy summer in which nearly 2,000 people have contributed to the protection of Mount Rainier’s natural and cultural treasures and helped serve its visitors.
Information about Mount Rainier’s volunteer program, including a list of open positions, a calendar of activities and pictures and videos of volunteers in action may be found on Mount Rainier National Park’s website at www.nps.gov/mora or on its volunteer program blog at www.rainiervolunteers.blogspot.com.
Free camping at the Longmire Campground is available both the day before and after National Public Lands Day for event participants. Contact Joshua Jones at Joshua—Jonespartner.nps.gov to reserve a campsite.