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National Public Lands Day means free admission into Yosemite National Park

This Oct. 2, 2013, file photo, shows a view seen on the way to Glacier Point trail in the Yosemite National Park, Calif.
This Oct. 2, 2013, file photo, shows a view seen on the way to Glacier Point trail in the Yosemite National Park, Calif. AP

Yosemite National Park will join the rest of the country’s national parks and waive its entrance fee on Sept. 22 in honor of National Public Lands Day.

Along with free admission, national parks will also be offering volunteer service projects to its visitors. In Yosemite, visitors will have an opportunity to participate in the park’s 15th annual Yosemite Facelift, during which volunteers clean up trash around the park.

“Every year, Americans come together on National Public Lands Day to demonstrate their love of national parks,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith. “Activities hosted by parks across the nation will promote environmental stewardship and encourage the use of public lands for education, recreation, and good health.”

Those who assist on work projects will receive a voucher that can be redeemed for free entry into a national park on a date of their choosing.

There will also be recreational and educational activities available, including hikes, bike rides, paddle trips, bird watching excursions, and water quality testing.

There are 200,000 people expected to participate in this year’s National Public Lands Day, also the 25th anniversary of the celebration.

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