WEEKEND: Entry free to national, state parks Saturday

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Entrance fees will be waived for Olympic National Park and Discover Passes will not be needed to visit state parks Saturday.

The fee-free day is in celebration of National Public Lands Day.

In the national park, other fees — such as wilderness camping and campground fees — will be in effect.

Celebration of National Public Lands Day includes a nationwide volunteer effort to clean up and improve public lands. More than 170,000 volunteers are expected to participate in restoration projects at more than 2,100 sites across the nation.

No volunteer plans

Olympic National Park plans no volunteer projects Saturday, since volunteers combed park beaches last Saturday during a cleanup organized by Washington CoastSavers.

“The beach cleanup last week, that was the coastal cleanup usually tied to Public Lands Day,” said Rainey McKenna, park spokeswoman.

The Washington Trails Association is sponsoring a work party for maintenance on the Duckabush Trail in Olympic National Forest, with volunteers meeting at the trailhead at 8:30 a.m. For details, visit www.wta.org.

The state Parks and Recreation Commission and Subway restaurants are working together on No Family Left Inside, a program to reward park visitors by honoring the state Discover Pass in all Subway restaurants throughout Western Washington.

Public Lands Day

The partnership is in honor of the Washington State Parks Centennial and National Public Lands Day.

Each person who shows a Discover Pass at participating Subway restaurants through the end of this month will receive a free 6-inch sandwich with the purchase of a 6-inch sandwich of equal or greater value and a 30-ounce drink, the state said.

Subway locations in Jefferson and Clallam counties are participating.

Gift cards

On Saturday, Subway also will give away $5 gift cards to the first 100 people who visit specified state parks Saturday.

The parks include Dosewallips State Park — at the ranger station beginning at 10 a.m. — and Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend — at the park entrance beginning at 9 a.m.

Last modified: September 26. 2013 4:37PM
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