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Thanks to agreements between the Department of the Interior and several states, a dozen popular national parks are open again, at least temporarily. The parks range from the Statue of Liberty to the Grand Canyon; the states are paying to keep them open for up to 10 days.

State officials say it's particularly important to have the parks open during the Columbus Day holiday weekend. National Park Service employees began opening some facilities Friday; others will reopen today or Monday.

Free Music This Weekend At Tree Hill Nature Center

Oct 11, 2013
Tree Hill Nature Center

Jacksonville’s Tree Hill Nature Center will be hosting the Music on the Hill Community Festival at the Joseph A. Strasser Amphitheater Saturday, Oct. 12.

The event will feature live animal shows, crafts, food, and live musical performances from artists like the Boathouse Cello Choir and the First Coast Clarinet Society.

Mark Mummaw, director of Tree Hill, said the event will help promote environmental awareness throughout the community with live entertainment and hands-on, educational programs.