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Entrance is free to Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks this weekend

Park entrance is free nationwide for National Public Lands Day

Hug a tree for free! In honor of National Public Lands Day, National Parks throughout the country will waive entrance fees on the weekend of September 28 and 29, including those in and near Southern California, Joshua Tree, Sequoia, and Death Valley national park. This means you will save around $25 on admission to the parks.

There will also be volunteer events held all over the country to celebrate the day and help protect and restore public lands in the United States. The National Environmental Education Foundation offers an overview of everything that's planned.

National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day volunteer effort for America’s public lands. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers come together on the fourth Saturday in September to assist with various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways and more.

Activities include everything from trail maintenance to tree planting. The day also features a variety of hikes, bike rides, community festivals, paddling excursions, and other outdoor activities.