Get Into the Spirit of World Parks Day Fri 14 September 2012 Brian Wightman Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage The next three days present a special opportunity to sample Tasmania's outstanding National Parks and reserves. As part of celebrating World Parks Day on Monday September 17th, Parks and Wildlife is offering free entry to all sites on that day. There'll also be a range of special activities at specific Parks sites on Saturday, Sunday and Monday - again offering free entry to those specific sites. The Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister, Brian Wightman, has encouraged Tasmanians to get into the spirit of the event. "Our parks and reserves have so much to offer our community - pride, fitness, relaxation, and natural beauty," Mr Wightman said. "World Parks Day celebrates those qualities, and gives people an added incentive to get out and enjoy them. "It's an open invitation to sample the magnificent natural environment our homeland's renowned for. "Among the highlights, you could go for a night spotlight tour on Maria Island, have breakfast with the birds at the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre, or join a Discovery Ranger at Mount Field National Park. "There's also Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks (complemented by the new iPhone app), the upgraded Cape Hauy Track, and the chance to have a barbecue at Fortescue Bay on the Tasman Peninsula," he said. World Parks Day activities run from Saturday September 15th until Monday September 17th. For details, go to www.parks.tas.gov.au and open the events page, find the PWS on Facebook, or phone the sites directly. World Parks Day is an initiative of Parks for Life - an international initiative of the International Parks and Green Space Alliance - which promotes the importance of parks in a global context.