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In celebration of National Public Lands Day, entrance to the Gulf Islands National Seashore — along with other national parks across the country — will be free on Saturday, September 24.

That means free access to Fort Pickens, Fort Barrancas, Opal Beach, Johnson Beach, the Naval Live Oaks area and more. While you won’t have to pay to get in, park entrance stations will remain open for those interested in purchasing annual passes and to provide visitor information.

National Public Lands Day is set aside each year to celebrate public lands throughout the country and is highlighted by special volunteer projects and other recreational programing. This year, the seashore will host a volunteer crew at the Fort Pickens Area to clean up and remove invasive species from the Florida National Scenic Trail, which runs from Fort Pickens to Big Cypress National Preserve. Clearing invasive species allows natural flora and fauna the opportunity to survive and thrive, park officials said.

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