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Friday News Roundup, June 4, 2010

Submitted by on June 4, 2010 – 6:15 am

There’s more road trip news than we can fit into our regular features. The Friday News Roundup gives families the stories we think are the most important every week, all in one place. Your family road trip just got a little bit easier, week-by-week.

World Oceans Day — June 8th
In honor of 50 years of Dr. Seuss’s One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fishentertaining children around the world, Random House Children’s Books, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, The Ocean Project, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) are partnering to celebrate World Oceans Day, this Tuesday (June 8, 2010).

Look for fun events and around the country, all teaching kids about our ocean’s great diversity of life and the important things we can all do to protect our shared world ocean. Since the 2010 World Oceans Day honors former La Jolla resident Dr. Seuss, visitors to San Diego County will be able to choose from a host of special events throughout the region, including the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Botanic Garden, SEA LIFE Aquarium, Birch Aquarium at Scripps, and many others.

National Parks Offer Free Admission This Weekend
This weekend your favorite national parks are free. America’s Best Idea, our national parks, have several free days throughout the year to help families get out and experience a new park or just go hang out at an old favorite. Here’s the list of all fee-free daysNational Trails Day on June 5 is an opportune time to hike a portion of the 17,000 miles of trail located in national parks. Additionally, the National Park Service National Trails System manages more than 50,000 miles of historic and scenic trails of national importance, such as the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail and more than 1,000 national recreation trails of local or regional significance.

Free Saltwater Fishing in Florida
Both residents and nonresidents in Florida can fish for saltwater species around the state without a license during the weekend of June 5 and 6, which is the first weekend after the popular red snapper season opens in the Gulf on June 1, 2010. All other fishing rules apply. The free weekend is an effort to combat the lack of tourism caused by the oil spill in the Gulf. Chairman Rodney Baretto of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said that the area has been seeing cancellations because many visitors thought the oil had impacted Florida fishing. “We are not experiencing any oil impacts, and the fact remains that Florida is open for business,” said Baretto.