Monday, January 25, 2010

State Park Free Days. RV Polls.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) has announced its schedule for 2010 Free Park Entrance Days, when anyone may enter individual state parks without a vehicle permit. (Camping and other permits are still required.) Special events planned in conjunction with Free Park Entrance Days differ from park to park. Each park is allowed two free entrance days, both on a single weekend or two separate days of the year.


At least 2 free days in AR:

Mammoth Spring State Park
Meeting place: Depot Museum
Mammoth Spring
Mammoth Spring
Join us at the restored 1886 Frisco Depot Museum today for a tour and pay no admission fee! Spend time in the depot, baggage room, and caboose listening to and looking at what life was like in the early 1900s around a railroad depot. All ages will enjoy this interactive experience. Make a day of it and bring a picnic lunch to the park.
Admission: Free on May 15th. 2010

June 5, 2010
This red heart symbol designates programs involving physical activity and promoting heart health.

National Trails Day

Petit Jean State Park
Celebrate and enjoy Petit Jean State Park’s 20 miles of trails! Today will be filled with hikes and hiking related programs for all ages. Contact the park for a schedule. This event corresponds with American Hiking Society programs nationwide.
Admission: Free   From:


Another in S. Dakota, with free fishing statewide.:
May 21-23, 2010 / Spring Open House Celebration
Enjoy this weekend at Custer State Park filled with events and activities for the whole family. Pancake feeds, fishing derby, hay wagon rides, outdoor cookouts, Volksmarch, the infamous buffalo chip flip and much more. This weekend is also free entrance into the park and free fishing weekend statewide. From:

This one in WV is $1.00:
June 20, 2010, West Virginia Day
On June 20, 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state to enter the Union.  Come and celebrate West Virginia Statehood with $1.00 park admission, lemonade and birthday cake.  Cost: $1.00 Contact: 304-363-3030.

Also in WV, for birding folks:

June 24, 2010
Three Rivers Avian Center
Pipestem Resort State Park

Birds of prey take center stage this evening. Wendy and Ron Perrone present live birds—hawks, owls and eagles—in an entertaining and educational format. Great evening for youth groups and families.
Amphitheater Show.  8 p.m.  FREE admission.  Campsites start at $18.00.


In FL:
Sunday, May 16
Armed Forces Appreciation Day - Free entry to all state parks except Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

Saturday, July 17
National Recreation and Parks Month - Free entry to all state parks except Skyway Fishing Pier State Park. Launch of Geocaching program at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Southeast District.

Friday, September 10 -
Sunday, September 12
State Park Literacy Month - Free entry to all state parks except Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

Thursday, November 11
Veterans Day - Free entry to all state parks except Skyway Fishing Pier State Park.

40 parks are free anyway:
“Dollar for dollar, FL state parks provide a value that is hard to beat, with 40 free parks, and most day use entrance fees ranging from just $2.00 to $8.00. Florida's 160 state parks offer white sandy beaches, vast open prairies, steep ravines, lush semi-tropical forests, cultural sites and crystal clear lakes, rivers and springs. State parks also offer countless locations to learn about Florida's cultural history and serve as outdoor classrooms for students of all ages.”


As for California:
Maybe y'all need to make a concentrated effort to go to your State Parks and see them before they close.  I don't think they realize how much it will cost to put the parks back into shape when they open them back up.   Visiting now might keep the coffers going, please.


Some interesting polls on RV 101:


“I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”   Winston Churchill.

“I don’t make jokes.  I just watch the government and report the facts".”  Will Rogers.

“If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.”   P.J. O’Rourke


The cats and I have been enjoying some nice sunny weather on the screen porch.
Then they helped me put new sheets on the bed. 
I have been doing laundry and odd jobs around the house today.

1 comment:

Mom of Bark+Bite said...

Penny thanks for the information on the state parks.I would love to visit Mammoth Spring State Park. One-it look beautiful in the pictures on their web site. Two-how could I pass up visiting Frisco Depot Museum. After all my darling rescue dog is named Frisco.Wonder if they have a sign or something that says Frisco?