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The U.S. National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday on August 25th. To celebrate, there are many events scheduled during the month of August at parks all across the country. This upcoming weekend (Thursday, August 25 to Sunday, August 28th), admission for visiting over 400 parks will be waived. The Washington State park system is also waiving fees this weekend so be sure to check with the parks in your area.
If you are unable to make it to a national park this weekend, there are still two more chances this year for free admission. Check out this link to find out more information.
This is a guide about camping at national parks. Some of the most beautiful places for camping, in our country, are protected as part of the National Park system.
One thing you could do to get uniforms, jackets and such is to put a post up on Freecycle or a Yahoo group. We have one here in Jefferson Parish, which is like a county. Maybe you can check to see if you have one in your town or area.