While Black Friday has become synonymous with jammed parking lots and crowded store aisles, our family has traditionally gone camping and spending the day outdoors instead. This year, adventure gear retailer REI has actually made the unprecedented move to close its stores on Black Friday in a push to #OptOutside.
If you live on the West Coast, you will be happy to know that 49 of California’s redwood state parks will be free to visit on Black Friday. This event is being sponsored by Save the Redwoods League, which received a generous anonymous donation to cover some of the $50,000 needed to make it happen, reported NBC Bay Area.
“We are starting a new tradition for Black Friday,” Save the Redwoods League president Sam Hodder said. “We invite everyone to experience the moments of joy, renewal and inspiration that you’ll find among our natural wonders, the ancient giant redwoods.”
In order to participate, you’ll need to head over to the Save the Redwoods site and print out a free parks day pass. Even if you don’t live in California, you can enjoy a peaceful day at a park, forest, or nature preserve near you.