Sunset Over Everglades National Park (John Anderson | Dreamstime)

National Parks are getting people outdoors on National Get Outdoors Day, Saturday, June 9, with Fee-Free Admissions and special events.

At the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, hike at least five of the Hyde Park Trails and receive a free Walkabout 2012 patch.  The hiking experience is enhanced through six audio podcast tours, downloadable website at http://www.nps.gov/hofr (click on “photos and multimedia”) or call 845-475-3819 to access cell phone tours.

Mammoth Cave National Park is offering free Discovery and Mammoth Passage cave tours on Sat., June 9.  “It is time to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful Kentucky landscapes, above and below ground,” said Park Superintendent Patrick Reed. “A walk in the woods or the cave is refreshing to the mind and body.”  Visitors must pick up the free tickets at the visitor center ticket office prior to tour times.   The self-guided Discovery tour runs between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.; a free Mammoth Passage tour will depart from the visitor center at 4:45 p.m.

At Gettysburg National Military Park, living history reenactors of the U.S. Sharpshooters will present demonstrations and encampments atop Little Round Top on June 9.

Everglades National Park’s daily guided walk on the Anhinga Trail (10:30 a.m.) is one way to experience the “glades” in summer, though insect repellent is advised.  Less “buggy” outings include boat tours out of Flamingo, the Gulf Coast, and Tram tours at Shark Valley or visiting Dry Tortugas by ferry or sea plane from Key West.  Infamous Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas was built to defend the southern coast against the British Navy in the Gulf.  A guided tour visits its batteries, then snorkel and seen all types of colorful sea life.

Gadling reports that, “In addition to fee-free entry to the national parks, there are 122 official National Get Outdoors Day locations spread out across the U.S. Each of these locations will play host to a number of scheduled events throughout the day and they offer further opportunities to celebrate the occasion. For instance, those living near Highlands Ranch, Colorado, can join the First Annual Backcountry Community Campout, while residents of New Jersey may want to visit Field Station: Dinosaurs to get in on the fun.”

President Barack Obama has proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month and encourages all Americans to share in the natural splendor of which we are all proud inheritors.  Additional Fee-Free Days in 2012 include September 29 (National Public Lands Day) and November 10 – 12 (Veterands Day Weekend).

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