Monday, April 18, 2011

~Don't Forget It's National Park Week~

BERLIN, Md. -- Superintendent Trish Kicklighter has announced that in celebration of National Park Week, the entrance fee to Assateague Island National Seashore will be waived from April 16-24.
The fee waiver applies at both the Maryland and Virginia districts of the Seashore.

"The fee-free National Park Week provides a great opportunity for individuals and families alike to come out and enjoy all that Assateague has to offer," Kicklighter said. "I encourage everyone to take advantage of the free admission to visit one of the East Coast's finest seashores." First time visitors are encouraged to stop at either of the seashore's two visitor centers to see exhibits and get information about the many recreational activities and natural features in the seashore.

Ranger-led programs are scheduled throughout the week in both the Maryland and Virginia districts. Be sure to join park staff on April 23 as they celebrate National Junior Ranger Day. Explore Assateague from beach to bay with aquarium talks, beach walks, crafts, GPS activities and much more. Program schedules may be found by visiting

The waiver of entrance fees applies not just at Assateague but at all other National Park System areas that normally charge an entrance fee. This year's focus, "Healthy Parks, Healthy People," highlights the connection between human and environmental health and the vital role America's national parks play in both. So take advantage of the free entrance and enjoy a park near you, starting with Assateague.

For more information on Assateague Island National Seashore or to plan a trip, visit


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