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Celebrate national parks (and get in for free) on Saturday

York River Shoreline Protection and Enhancement Project is underway at Colonial National Historical Park. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Colonial National Historic Park Facebook page)
York River Shoreline Protection and Enhancement Project is underway at Colonial National Historical Park. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Colonial National Historic Park Facebook page)

NATIONWIDE — Those tired of staying indoors and wanting to visit a national park are in luck.

The National Park Service is offering visitors free admission on Saturday, April 17 in honor of National Park Week.

That date marks the first day of the weeklong celebration, which lasts April 17 – 25. The first day is meant to encourage residents to explore national parks that typically charge entrance fees.

April 17 is also known as International Park Prescription (ParkRx) Day.

“You are invited to join us on this special day celebrated across the United States and internationally to promote the growing movement of healthcare providers referring patients to parks to improve their health and wellbeing,” according to the NPS’ website. “This year ParkRx Day is a fee-free day in US National Parks so everyone can get out and enjoy the health benefits of the great outdoors.”

Colonial National Historical Park is one of several parks in the state which will not charge admission on Saturday.

You can see a full list of parks participating in the “Free Entrance Days” by state here.

As part of the Park Rx holiday, NPS is encouraging residents to share their nature experience on social media using the hashtags #PowerOfParksForHealth and #BeforeAndAfterParkRx for a chance to be featured on their official photo gallery.

While the entrance fee to national parks are free this Saturday, the fee-free day does not include other amenities including camping, boat launches, transportation or special tours.

For more information or to visit the Colonial National Historical Park, visit their website by clicking here for the current operating hours.

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Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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