Anonymous Donor Gives $50k to Make California Parks Free on Black Friday

EB6668 CA02431-00...CALIFORNIA - Stormy day along the Big Sur Coast from the Pacific Coast Trail in Garrapata State Park.

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Black Friday is historically a day of pushing and shoving and haggling. It’s called “black,” for a reason. All of that scrambling for stuff makes our souls just a little bit darker.

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What if you got a breath of fresh air instead? That’s what one anonymous philanthropist is hoping you will do. An unidentified donor has given $50,000 to help keep California’s state parks open and free on the biggest shopping day of the year.

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The donation was made to the Save the Redwoods League to cover the funds needed to make park access free.

“We are starting a new tradition for Black Friday,” Save the Redwoods League president Sam Hodder told NBC Bay Area. “We invite everyone to experience the moments of joy, renewal and inspiration that you’ll find among our natural wonders, the ancient giant redwoods.”

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You can go to the Save the Redwoods website to print out a free parks day pass.

These are some of the participating parks:

Andrew Molera State Park
Garrapata State Park
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Limekiln State Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Navarro River Redwoods State Park
Russian Gulch State Park
Salt Point State Park
Sonoma Coast State Park
Van Damme State Park

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This article originally appeared on yahoo.com.

SOURCE:http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/national-parks-black-friday-donor-gives-50k

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