National Park Service Celebrates Its 97th Birthday DATE: 8/23/13 Mount Rainier National Park News Release August 23, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National Park Service Celebrates Its 97th Birthday Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King advises that in honor of the 97th birthday of the National Park Service on August 25, all entrance fees to Mount Rainier National Park will be waived for that day. Entrance fees will also be waived at National Park Service areas throughout the country. Park visitors are invited to celebrate the beauty of the park on this fee-free day by enjoying a nature walk, naturalist programs, or earn a Junior Ranger badge while visiting the park. Wildflowers are still in bloom throughout the park, so visitors should bring their cameras to capture the beauty. Please be sure to stay on the identified trails to avoid damaging the wildflower meadows. With Labor Day approaching park visitation numbers begin to decrease as families end their vacations and children return to school. Some park areas will begin scaling back their seasonal operations after the Labor Day holiday on September 2. This is still a great time to plan a park visit, when crowds are smaller and fall colors begin their show.