Outdoors

Parks honor members of military for Veterans Day

Mount Rainier National Park is just one outdoor location offering free or discounted admission on Veterans Day.
Mount Rainier National Park is just one outdoor location offering free or discounted admission on Veterans Day. Staff file, 2014

Local, state and federal park agencies will waive entrance fees or offer discounts as the nation celebrates Veterans Day this week.

Metro Parks Tacoma will honor the nation’s armed services Wednesday and Thursday. U.S. military veterans can visit Northwest Trek Wildlife Park and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium at no charge both days.

Veterans’ immediate family members will receive half-off general admission at both locations.

The offer is open to all men and women who are serving or have served honorably in the United States armed services, according to a Metro Parks news release.

Proof of military service is required for free admission. Acceptable documents include military or veteran identification card, discharge papers or any other proof of military service.

Northwest Trek will be open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. each day, while Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will be open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. those days.

For more information, go to nwtrek.org and pdza.org.

WASHINGTON STATE PARKS: A Discover Pass will not be needed to visit one of the more than 100 state parks in Washington. A pass, $10 a day or $30 a year, will still be required to recreate on lands managed by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources.

The next fee free day for State Parks will be Jan. 1, when a number of parks hold a First Day Hike. Learn more about the hikes and other State Parks events at parks.wa.gov.

FEDERAL AGENCIES: The agencies managing federal lands, such as the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will also offer free access Wednesday. That is a savings of $20 to enter Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks, or $3 to enter Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640

jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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