Are you 62 or older and enjoy getting outdoors? The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge still has a stash of $10 lifetime passes that can be used at national parks and federally operated recreation sites.
Why is that a big deal? Beginning Aug. 28, the price for the lifetime passes will jump to $80. Bargain-hunting recreationalists have been flocking to parks this summer to sign up for the $10 deal.
“A lot of places ran out,” Jennifer Cutillo, visitor services manager with the refuge, told The Olympian Monday. “We have at least 500 left. After the deadline, we have to shred them.”
The pass — known as the America the Beautiful National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass — allows entrance to hundreds of parks and recreation sites across the country, including the Nisqually refuge, Olympic National Park, and Mount Rainier National Park.
The passes also can be purchased online at https://store.usgs.gov/senior-pass, but there’s a huge backlog. If you want to use the pass in the next three months, the U.S. Geological Survey recommends that you purchase a pass at an agency site.
The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is at 100 Brown Farm Road, Olympia. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For information, call 360-753-9467.