AANR and Public Lands

Visit Public Lands on Fee-Free Days in 2018

By Kristi Bray, Recreation.gov

Hand-in-hand, an adult and child explore the Virgin River in Zion National Park. (Alyssa Weiglein, Share the Experience)
Hand-in-hand, an adult and child explore the Virgin River in Zion National Park. (Alyssa Weiglein, Share the Experience)

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Fee Free Days in your national parks, refuges, conservation lands, lakes and forests. On designated days throughout the year, participating federal land management agencies offer free entrance and waive some standard amenity and day-use fees. For more details about which standard amenity fees and day-use fees are waived, please contact the location you wish to visit.

This year, find yourself at a federal land destination to participate in a fee-free day! Check each agency’s website for details and then plan your visit using our Build a Trip tool.

 

 

 

Federal Agency 2018 Fee Free Days:

  • National Park Service: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), April 21 (First Day of National Park Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), November 11 (Veterans Day)
  • Bureau of Land Management: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 19 (Presidents Day), June 9 (National Get Outdoors Day), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), November 11 (Veterans Day)
  • U.S. Forest Service: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 19 (Presidents Day), June 9 (National Get Outdoors Day), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), November 10-11 (Veterans Day Weekend)
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 19 (Presidents Day), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), October 14 (First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge Week), November 11 (Veterans Day)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: September 22 (National Public Lands Day), November 11 (Veterans Day, you must be a veteran, an active and reserve component service member, or a family member to be granted a fee waiver)
  • Bureau of Reclamation: January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), February 19 (Presidents Day), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), November 11 (Veterans Day)

. Before you visit, be sure to check with the public lands location to see if they participate.

 

AANR has a strong commitment to fostering nudity in appropriate settings on public lands. AANR’s work includes proactive fundraising and volunteer projects as well as asserting nudists’ rights where needed. Please watch this page for events, activities and volunteer opportunities in your region.

Below are a few of the beach cleanup and education initiatives AANR has undertaken in the past:

Education Initiative in Oregon

Public officials are educated about nude recreation at Rooster Rock State Park in Oregon.

Cape Cod Yearly Beach Cleanup

Cape Cod National Seashore staffers have repeatedly expressed their belief that there is room for a clothing-optional zone on the 40+ miles of shore in Massachusetts. However, their hands are tied by a regulation dating to the mid-1970s. A volunteer cleanup is held every year because volunteers think that regulation at least deserves a second look. The event is sponsored by AANR, AANR-East, Sunchasers Travel Club, Sandy Terraces, Bare Bottom Beach Club, and all who love the Cape Cod Beaches.

Assateague Beach Cleanup a Huge Success

The weather was great, people turned out, and those advocating for a clothing-optional beach in Maryland made a significant impression on park service staff as they cleaned a large section within the state park.

AANR-West Bonny Doon Cleanup

This clean-up at Bonny Doon beach, a white sand beach in Santa Cruz County, California. Nudists frequently visit the north side of this prestigious beach. The Bay Area Naturists (BAN), a TNS-affiliated, environmentally focused group, has led the Annual Coastal Cleanup Day at Bonny Doon every September since 1988.