Free entry to Olympic National Park this weekend

The fee-waiving is in honor of the National Park Service’s centennial this past Thursday.

OLYMPIA — Day-use entrance to Olympic National Park will be free through Sunday in honor of the National Park Service’s centennial.

The Olympic National Park entrance fee of $25 per automobile, $15 per motorcycle and $10 per hiker or bicyclist was waived for four days beginning Thursday, the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916.

The more than 80 paintings by artists from 1 to 18 years old entered into the Junior Plein Air Watercolor Contest will be on display at the Storm King Ranger Station on Wednesdays through Saturdays through Sept. 4.

On Saturday, there will be Centennial Olympics between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Kalaloch Ranger Station.

Through Sunday, visitors can pick up centennial birthday cards at the Kalaloch Ranger Station to send to the National Park Service.

The cards and a special ranger cabin mailbox for posting birthday wishes will be available there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Olympic National Park and State Parks will offer two more free days this year: Sept. 24, in recognition of National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

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