Admission fees to the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge will be waived on June 21, the first day of summer.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, in a Department of the Interior release, urged Americans to reconnect to the natural world this summer.
“One of the goals of President Barack Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative is to connect people to the beauty and richness of this planet and encourage a conservation ethic which will ensure that we protect this precious inheritance for our children to enjoy,” Salazar said.
The waiving of fees on the first day of summer at national parks and 553 national wildlife refuges is to help support Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, states a release from the Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Rangers and volunteers at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge are gearing up for a fun and exciting day, the refuge designating the event “Blue Goose Day,” honoring a decades-old symbol of conservation for the National Wildlife Refuge system.
The Blue Goose can be tracked down by youngsters in a scavenger hunt and everyone can celebrate the outdoors by learning about Hawaiian wildlife.
Visitors may even take the traveling “Flat Blue” goose with them on a summer adventure extending beyond Kilauea.
“This event is the perfect start to summer,” said Shannon Stutzer-Smith, Kaua‘i National Wildlife Refuge Complex manager. “The free day affords local families and visitors an exciting opportunity to make a trip to the Refuge, learn about wildlife and connect with nature.”
On-site parking is limited so visitors are encouraged to carpool.
Visit www.fws.gov for more information on the work being done by the national wildlife refuges.