In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Park Service has announced that admission to all national parks will be free on January 20. This is a wonderful field trip opportunity for homeschoolers, kids who love history, or any family who enjoys educational and family-friendly activities.
There are 401 national parks across the country, so anyone who happens to be traveling on Martin Luther King Jr. Day can take advantage of the free admission and visit parks they wouldn’t ordinarily get to see.
In Missouri, the following national parks and trails will be open for visitors:
California National Historic Trail
George Washington Carver National Monument
Harry S Truman National Historic Site
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail
Oregon National Historic Trail
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Pony Express National Historic Trail
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
Trail Of Tears National Historic Trail
Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
These parks and trails preserve parts of the U.S. that are rich with the history of early pioneers, Native Americans, and influential people. Visiting these sites provide homeschoolers with an opportunity to bring their history curriculum to life. Parents who simply wish to instill an appreciation of the hard work and sacrifice many made to provide our modern-day luxuries will also benefit from a visit to these national parks.
Those unable to take advantage of the free admission on Martin Luther Kind Jr. Day may wish to make plans for the next free admission days, which occur on the following dates in 2014:
Presidents Day weekend - February 15 through 17
The first weekend of National Park Week - April 19 and 20
The National Park Service’s 98th birthday - August 25
National Public Lands Day - September 27
Veterans Day - November 11
The National Park Service also offers free or discounted admission year round to active duty military members and their families, senior citizens, and those who are disabled.
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