National Park and Recreation Month


A couple senior asian talking and exercising at a parkThe month of July is National Park and Recreation Month sponsored by the nonprofit organization National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The theme this year is “Out is In,” and NRPA encourages people to go outside, change their outlook, and get involved in their community through parks and recreation. For more information, call 800.626.6772, email rsutton@nrpa.org, or go to www.nrpa.org.

And speaking of parks and recreation, did you know did you know that people age 62 and over can get a Lifetime pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites for just $10? Here is some information about the Senior Pass from the National Park Service:

*For U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.

*May be obtained in person at a federal recreation site for $10. If you obtain the pass through the mail, the cost is twenty dollars ($20). Ten ($10) for the Senior Pass and ten ($10) for processing the application.

*Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship which could include a US State or Territory issued Drivers License or Identification, a US Passport, or a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).

*To obtain an application form, go to http://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior_pass_application.pdf or call 888-275-8747.

*May provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services.

*Generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.

Consumers between the ages of 16 and 61 and/or consumers with a disability may obtain one of the following passes: (Children age 15 or under are admitted free.)

Annual Pass

*$80 annual pass

*Available to everyone.

*Can be obtained in person at a federal recreation site, or by calling 1-888-ASK USGS (1-888-275-8747), Ext. 3 (Hours of operation are: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Mountain time), or online. Buy Now

*Non-transferable.

Free Annual Pass for U.S. Military

*Available to U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members.

*Must be obtained in person at a Federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID (Form 1173).

Access Pass

*Free

*For U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities.

*May be obtained in person at a federal recreation site or through the mail using this application form. The cost of obtaining an Access Pass through the mail is ten dollars ($10) for processing the application (the Pass is free). Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship.

*May provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services.

*Generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.

Volunteer Pass

*Free

*For volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program.

*Contact your local federal recreation site for more information about volunteer opportunities or visit Volunteer.gov.

For more information you can trust, visit bbb.org/evansville.

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Jackie is the Operations and Education Foundation Assistant with the BBB. She assists consumers with business inquiries, and does presentations to senior groups and high school students. She is a regular contributor to the blog.

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