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National parks, battlefields and forests free Veterans Day
Entrance to national parks, historic battlefields and forests is free on Wednesday, and not just for servicemen and women. This year, the National Park Service is waiving admission fees for all visitors in honor of Veterans Day. Many of the sites, including Valley Forge in Pennsylvania, have special events planned to mark the occasion.

If you're a veteran and need some gear to take with you, Cabela's will be giving you their employee discount next Thursday and Friday.
Colorado state parks investigating drastic measures to raise money
Closing up to four state parks, opening others up to oil and gas development and allowing corporate sponsorship of the parks are among the great lengths Colorado State Parks officials may go to find new ways of saving and raising money for a park system expected to receive no state funding next year.

Thatís according to a five-year financial plan Colorado State Parks officials are presenting to the State Parks Board this week. The plan counts on the park system receiving no state funding at all, instead relying on user fees, partnerships and other funding sources to pay for park operations.

This sounds a bit like Illinois under Blago.

Do you know what to do when you gotta go? will tell you everything you need to know to go, the right way. The site actually explains the proper methods for LNT bathroom breaks.
Looking for a Christmas gift for the outdoor enthusiast?
Consider a parks pass from the USGS store.
Want to listen to your favorite national park at home?
Peals of thunder, gently falling rains, the slap of surf against the rocky shores of Acadia National Park, even the roaring of a geyser. These are some of the sounds of nature that have been pulled into musical compositions that revolve around national parks. Produced by Robb Klein, an audio engineer, and Randy Petersen, a musician, these CDs capture the moods of nature found in the parks, and can spur fond memories of your visits while you're far from the parks.

You can find them along with samples of the music here
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