Washington State Parks announce 12 free days for 2015

Jan. 1 will be the first of 12 free days at Washington State Parks, according to a statement posted Thursday on the state park website.

On free days visitors are not required to display a $30 per year or $10 per day Discover Pass. Camping and other frees are still applicable.

“We hope the public will take advantage of a State Parks free day to get out and sample a new park or revisit an old favorite, and then consider supporting state recreation lands by purchasing a Discover Pass,” state parks director Don Hoch said in a prepared statement.

The free days for 2015 are:

• Jan. 1: New Year’s Day and State Parks’ First Day Hikes Day

• Jan. 18 and 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

• March 19: Washington State Parks’ 102nd birthday

• April 4: A springtime free Saturday

• April 22: Earth Day

• May 10: A springtime free Sunday

• June 6: National Trails Day

• June 13: National Get Outdoors Day

• Aug. 25: National Park Service 99th birthday

• Sept. 26: National Public Lands Day

• Nov. 11: Veterans Day