Hey everybody, today is tax day but there is still reason to be happy—National Parks Week starts tomorrow.  Many of the 394 parks are free year round, but this week there is no entrance fee at any of the sites.  Moreover, permits and activity fees may also be waived or reduced at many locations.  With the Civil War sesquicentennial now in full swing, the kids out of school, and spring in full bloom I cannot think of a better time to visit your natural and historical treasures.  Hiking, bird watching, ranger tours, films, and lectures are just some of the things you can do at your parks.  Yours truly will be at Ellis Island this Sunday doing his thing.  I have been looking forward to seeing this just-opened exhibit for some time.

Explore your heritage.