First Posted: 9/4/2014
Steamtown National Historic Site in downtown Scranton will participate in the 21st anniversary of National Public Lands Day by offering an Entrance Fee Free Day Saturday, Sept. 27, providing complimentary admission to the park grounds, museums and scheduled walking tours.
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. It provides opportunities for the public to learn about shared stewardship, and participate in volunteer projects at National Parks and other related lands.While many agencies have dedicated working staffs, they eagerly accept volunteer help to maintain and care for treasured lands.
Last year more than 175,000 volunteers and park visitors celebrated at 2,237 public land sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico according to the official NPLD website.
Steamtown National Historic Site is the only place in the National Park System where the story of steam railroading, and the people who made it possible, is told. On National Public Lands Day, in addition to the indoor and outdoor exhibits available at the site, visitors may join with a scheduled Locomotive Shop tour. For a fee of $5 for ages 6 and older, visitors can also experience the “Scranton Limited” train ride inside the rail yards.
Steamtown NHS is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General park information is available by calling 570-340-5200 during regular business hours or by visiting www.nps.gov/stea.