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Volunteers Spruce Up National Parks

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Admission to Cedarville State Forest, a national park in Brandywine, Maryland, is free for National Public Lands Day.
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Admission to Cedarville State Forest, a national park in Brandywine, Maryland, is free for National Public Lands Day.

By Greg Peppers

There's a bargain to be had and work to be done at National Parks throughout the D.C. metro area today.

Admission to the country's 392 national parks is free today and that includes parks in this area. That's because today is National Public Lands Day. It's a day when the National Park Service is asking volunteers to turn out to help spruce up the parks.

David Barna is with the Park Service. He says whether you're visiting or volunteering, come prepared for a day in the sun.

"Plenty of water and sunscreen and its best to bring a friend. Any time you're going on public lands or in the woods, it's best to be with a friend. We have trained crew leaders to assign work. But typically we provide box lunches and we typically provide water, so that's not an issue," he says.

Barna says volunteers should arrive early.

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