BATTLEFIELD, Mo. -- The weekend has three of the 17 days this year in which the National Park Service will waive admission fees at its parks, battlefields and historic sites. That includes Wilson's Creek National Battlefield southeast of Springfield.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the 17 days last week as a way to encourage Americans to visit a national park this year.
“Many people have made resolutions to spend more quality time with loved ones and to get outdoors and unplug in 2011,” said Secretary Salazar. “There’s no better place than a national park to help keep those resolutions. Parks offer superb recreational opportunities, making them perfect places to enjoy our beautiful land, history and culture, and nurture a healthy lifestyle.”
Salazar noted, with 394 national parks, most Americans live within a few hours of a park, making them places for easy and affordable vacations any time of the year.