Free entrance to Federal Parks and Monuments this coming weekend!

Table Rock Lake. Photo courtesy of Missouri Division of Tourism.

National Public Lands Day is coming right up, this Saturday, September 24, and all entry fees will be waived at national parks and other federal public lands, including national monuments, forests, recreation areas, wildlife refuges, historical sites, battlefields, recreation areas, and grasslands. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways is also on federal land. 

This would be a great time to visit the Wilson Creek National Battlefield, or the nearby Pea Ridge National Military Park, over the line in Arkansas. 

In St. Louis, visit the Gateway Arch or the Ulysses S. Grant historic site. In Kansas City, try the Harry S Truman National Historic Site, or the Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park there. The George Washington Carver National Monument has kid-friendly activities, too.

The federal government owns 3.8% of the land in Missouri, mostly in national forests in the Ozarks. 

National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer event for public lands, and if you’d like to help, you can find one near you here. You will find everything from the Brownfield Chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Missouri working to clean and clip trails at Cole Creek Trail to the Ozark Trail Association holding educational, volunteer, and health and wellness activities at Steelville. 

At Table Rock, volunteers will clean up shorelines along Table Rock, Lake Taneycomo, and Bull Shoals Lakes, with Kimberling City being the headquarters for the event. 

Volunteers at the George Washinton Carver National Monument will help do land preservation, so wear work clothes and boots (gloves will be provided). 

Visit here for more opportunities.