Things that are out there that are nifty

My sister’s limited mobility means this is less useful for her, but the USGS offers something called the Access Pass. Per the website, this pass grants reduced rates at national parks and recreation areas in the United States to people with disabilities. You have to demonstrate permanent disability, but there isn’t a direct fee, and it can extend to companions. (For instance, it looks like I could use a pass to drive my sister to a national forest for a hike and get a parking discount, since that’s charged per car.)

Goodness knows there are enough barriers to access for too many people in too many ways. Hopefully this can help some people enjoy some of the wonderful places in the US! (Wow, that sounds kind of sappy or like propaganda – but don’t worry, it’s just because I’m a biologist and I like plants and bugs and such.)

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