National Parks are Major Economic Engines for Local Communities

WASHINGTON D.C. – Not only are National Parks natural treasures that provide recreation for millions of visitors, but they are also important economic engines for local communities. According to a peer-reviewed report released last month by the National Park Service, visitors generated $30.1 billion in economic activity and supported 252,000 jobs nationwide in 2011.

Turtle Back Zoo Welcomes Snow Leopard for Valentine's Day

On Valentine's Day, New Jersey's Turtle Back Zoo officially welcomed their newest resident. Chameli, a nine-month-old female snow leopard, joins the male snow leopard, Gala, who currently lives at the zoo. She joins Gala in the Amazing Asia exhibit and initially the two will rotate hours in the exhibit.

Pinnacles Designated a National Park

WASHINGTON – On January 10, 2013, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation that designates the former Pinnacles National Monument as Pinnacles National Park. Pinnacles is the 59th national park in the United States and the 9th within the state of California. It was established as a national monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt and serves as home to the recovery of endangered California Condors.

National Park Fee-Free Days for 2013

Approximately one quarter of the U.S. National Parks charge an entrance fee. Each year, the National Park Service designates certain days when the entrance fees are waived. Other park fees still typically apply during these days. Fee-free days sometimes also coincide with special programs at the parks and are a great way for families to enjoy our National Parks.

For 2013, the National Park Fee-Free Days are:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Weekend - January 19-21, 2013
  • National Park Week - April 22-26, 2013
  • First Day of Summer - June 21, 2013

Third Annual WILD Outdoor Expo Sept. 15-16

The NJDEP's third annual NJ Wild Outdoor Expo will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16, 2012 at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area.

Families can discover new ways to enjoy New Jersey's great outdoors and will have an opportunity to try a broad spectrum of outdoor activities such as hiking, geocaching, fishing, kayaking, rock climbing and camping skills. There will also be demonstrations of sporting and tracking dogs, turkey calling and crafts.