America's national parks are always a great place to explore with your family, and they're even better when they're free! Most U.S. national parks are free year round, but the parks that charge an entrance fee are FREE* to enter this weekend, November 9 - 11.
Children can also sign up to participate in the Junior Ranger Program. The goal of the Junior Ranger program is to introduce children to the natural wonders of the park and their own role in preserving these wonders for the future. We haven't participated in this program yet, but I've heard it's a lot of fun for kids.
Don't live near a national park? If you are unable to visit a National Park, you may be interested in the National Park Service WebRanger Program. Through this program, kids can earn a patch through the mail by playing games and learning about National Parks online.
To learn more about the U.S. National Parks go to www.nps.gov
*According to NPS.gov, the fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.