Aug 23, 2013 9:21 AM by Jeff Beamish
TUCSON - In celebration of the 97th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS), all 401 national park units, including Saguaro National Park, Coronado National Memorial & Chiricahua National Monument, will waive entrance fees on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Known as "Founder's Day", this event observes the creation of the NPS through an act of Congress back in 1916.
The fee waiver applies to entrance fees only and does not include fees for camping.
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the NPS Organic Act that established, through congressional legislation, a new agency with a mandate "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wild life therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."
Today, the NPS cares for 401 sites throughout America, each providing recreational and educational opportunities while preserving our nation's heritage. These special places also provide valuable insight into our shared natural and cultural history. The NPS will celebrate its centennial in 2016. As part of Founder's Day, visitors are invited to share their national park experiences with others through a special website at www.nps.gov/aboutus/npsbirthday.htm. For more information on fee-free opportunities in national park units around the country, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks/htm. In addition to the August 25th fee waiver, NPS sites will also allow free entry on September 28 (National Public Lands Day) and November 9-11 (Veterans Day Weekend).