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  • Remembering Leon Gorman | National Park Foundation
    good steward of the environment was as important as enjoying time in the outdoors This was reflected in his personal acts of generosity as well as through L L Bean s corporate philanthropy to Acadia and to the National Park Foundation Together L L Bean and the National Park Foundation have been able to connect more young people to our national parks and inspire a new generation to share our love and stewardship of the great outdoors It was very clear that he took a deep personal interest in efforts to ensure that Maine s special places were not only conserved but also made available for enjoyment by the public said David MacDonald President of Friends of Acadia a non profit that preserves protects and promotes stewardship of Acadia National Park and surrounding communities His commitment to conservation extended far beyond Acadia MacDonald continued leaving a legacy on state parks and natural areas throughout Maine as well as other national parks throughout the nation Leon s support of Acadia and the Foundation is an inspiring example of how Americans can enhance our most treasured and important places at the times and in the ways they need it most The 2016 Centennial of the National Park Service presents the perfect opportunity to get out and find your park National parks belong to all of us For nearly 100 years the American people have helped the National Park Service preserve protect and nurture these sites This tradition of generous committed philanthropy continues today and is critical to the success and longevity of our national parks Supporters of America s national parks share a common trait a passion for caring for the nation s special places and sharing their stories As we approach the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 the

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/remembering-leon-gorman (2016-02-12)
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  • Find Your Park Expedition Party | National Park Foundation
    Centennial Licensing Find Your Park Expedition Party The Find Your Park Expedition participants came together for a pre trip social media party with the National Park Foundation and our FYPx partners Check out all the fun that was had below View the story Ain t No Party Like a National Park Party on Storify Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light Natio Read More Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products NPF Partners See All Partners Explore Explore Parks Find A Park National Park Week Find Your Park Expedition About Our Mission Our Partners Become a Partner Annual Report Board of Directors Contact Our Work All Programs Protect Connect Inspire Local Park Support Grant Applications Centennial Open Outdoors For Kids News

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/find-your-park-expedition-party (2016-02-12)
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  • You Are The Parks | National Park Foundation
    park system Park lovers have been responding on social media inviting friends and family to find their park and sharing the many ways they continue to do so It s never a one and done once you get the park bug you re endlessly inspired to discover the next adventure And once you find it you can t help but share This week we debuted the next phase of the movement one that underscores the lasting influence these experiences have on you and your impact on national parks You are the parks and the parks are you it s a powerful message and one that highlights the point that these magnificent places exist because of supporters like you Stephanie Shinmachi Zion National Park Richard Nickel Thomas Jefferson Memorial Matt Leibowitz San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Marcia Miller Kenai Fjords National Park Bryan Barreras Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Parks need you Your continued support ensures that the parks remain vibrant relevant and preserved for today and always So get out and find your park Share it on social media using FindYourPark and EncuentraTuParque And then support your park they can t survive let alone thrive without national park supporters like you Donate Today Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100 Give 50 Get the Free Owner s Guide Sign up for the latest park news and travel tips and get a free copy of the National Park Owner s Guide Sign Up Now National Park News 25 New Projects Getting More Kids Adults 140 000 4th Graders To Visit Public Lands Than President Obama And First Family To Light Natio Read More Gear for Park Lovers NPF Est 1967 Washed Long Sleeve T Shirt 28 99 Buy Now See More Products

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/you-are-parks (2016-02-12)
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  • Trail Talk Blog | National Park Foundation
    up the kids get out of school and of course summer starts With all the excitement it can be hard to more 12 Refreshing Ways To Beat The Heat In National Parks Friday June 26 2015 By Rocío Lower Summer finally arrived bringing with it soaring temperatures and a stifling grip on the forecast But it also means the kids are out of school vacation requests are being put more Q A With National Park Photographer Andy Porter Wednesday June 24 2015 When you explore national parks you get the opportunity to explore something about yourself Photographer Andy Porter discovered his passion for photography when he started more Celebrating Father s Day In Your National Parks Thursday June 18 2015 For many of us our fathers are responsible for first introducing us to the wonders of the National Park System They led us on hikes through jaw dropping natural landscapes more 9 Unforgettable Activities To Enjoy This July 4th Weekend Tuesday June 16 2015 By Blair Guild The summer s first long weekend is just around the corner Have you given any thought to how you ll enjoy your national parks this July 4 weekend As you gather with family and more Finding My Park In The Rockies Wednesday June 10 2015 By Stefanie Mathew When I was asked to travel to Colorado on behalf of the National Park Foundation to participate in the Student Conservation Association s NPS Centennial Volunteer Ambassador more May In Case You Missed It Friday May 29 2015 By Rocío Lower This month may have flown by get it snort and you may have missed something see what we did there So we ve pulled together our BEST of MAY and shared it with you here more Q A With NPS American Indian Services Specialist

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/trail-talk?page=9 (2016-02-12)
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  • Q&A With Veronica Verdin | National Park Foundation
    that makes you reflect on the human condition or noticing the beauty of a historic building that you pass by each day National parks historic monuments and even city parks or other spaces hold a piece of our collective American story that we can take pride in and can remind us to remember the big picture in our hectic lives They are perspective changers What s one thing you wish people knew about your job That it s hard work It is true part of my job is to hike with kids or rove within our park which I can t complain about but it takes dedication as well and we park rangers take the work seriously What are three things you tell visitors they can t miss at your park At Grand Teton The smell of sagebrush The Tetons quite literally and an afternoon by the Snake River At Zion The canyon lit by moonlight sacred daturas and Hidden Canyon You ve mentioned that it s challenging to get Latino families to visit national parks What are some successes Grand Teton National Park has had in doing so Pura Vida is definitely one of the programs I am most proud of when it comes to Grand Teton successes Hearing Pura Vida students say they d like to be park rangers one day and having them actively seek out new experiences such as participating in other youth conservation programs or taking the initiative to bring their friends or family camping for the weekend warms my heart and assures me that the program is affecting lives What is Pura Vida Pura Vida is a program that brings local Latino youth from Jackson into the park Middle and high school students learn about the ins and outs of running the park meeting park personnel and rangers that do everything from fight fire to maintain the trails It s an incredible opportunity for these students to learn about the park with the hope that this can help bridge the gap between the park and the local Latino community who despite comprising almost 30 of Jackson s population are reflected by only a fraction of that percentage in park visitation In short the program empowers students to grow and strengthen leadership skills that allow them to become ambassadors and conservation stewards for the park furthering this influence into the Latino community What s the best memory you ve had of interacting with youth through the program My best memory would have to be Pura Vida family night watching parents and families listen to the students experiences throughout the week with the look of pride and amazement on their faces growing It was incredible to have them experience the wonderment of the park through their children s eyes and know that from then on experiencing the park would be a family affair In two sentences how would you describe national parks to those who ve never visited before National parks are beautiful historically significant awe

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/qa-ranger-veronica-verdin (2016-02-12)
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  • Q&A With Samantha Brown | National Park Foundation
    many times and have hiked down into the canyon as well as done a 7 day rafting tour through it The Grand Canyon is my first love but during a shoot near Yellowstone National Park I had two free hours to actually go into the park I thought it would be one of those quick in and out experiences During those two hours I saw buffalo grazing eagles flying over their nest a herd of some other animal sorry I m a city girl bubbling glacier pots and took a short break on the river to watch a fly fisherman move like poetry Again let s just say it was emotional moving experience What is the most unique experience you ve had in a national park While filming my new show 50 50 in Grand Teton National Park we mountain climbed to a grassy area where a well known chef prepared us an amazing lunch using only local ingredients From our lunch spot we had a view of the towering peaks on one side and Jenny Lake on the other Which national park are you most excited to visit in the future I really REALLY want to visit Gettysburg National Military Park When I should ve been learning about the Civil War in Junior High I was much more interested in boys Now I m more interested in history What tips do you have for planning a trip to national parks Make sure to pick up the Junior Ranger Activity Guides available at every park that help children to be curious and actively engage in the park that you are visiting If you do most of it correctly you get a certificate and a patch Who doesn t want a patch I would also try to visit the parks in

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/qa-travel-channels-5050-host-samantha-brown (2016-02-12)
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  • Hispanic Cultures Through the Arts | National Park Foundation
    honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month Women s Rights National Historical Park is hosting exhibits by two Hispanic artists in its gallery in Seneca Falls NY You can take in Women of the Water by Andrea Arroyo and enjoy Felipe Galindo Gómez s Frida Loves New York Chamizal National Memorial Texas This national park stands in celebration of a peaceful settlement of a 100 year border dispute between Mexico and the United States The memorial celebrates the culture of the borderland and within its various galleries showcases artists whose work reflects the history of the amicable resolution San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Texas Explore the artistry conserved within San Antonio Missions National Historical Park as you take in the beautiful carvings on the façades of places like the Mission San José Church The beauty of the missions also served as inspiration for one of the FindYourPark EncuentraTuParque creative pieces which conveys the concept that national parks encompass everything from places like Denali to San Antonio Missions El Morro National Monument New Mexico Travel back in time as you imagine the lives of those who left their mark on the sandstone bluffs of New Mexico s El Morro National Monument From the petroglyphs of the Ancestral Puebloans to the inscriptions of the Spanish and Americans who took inspiration from the ancestral Zuñi scribes visitors can explore the over 2 000 carvings along the 5 mile Inscription Trail Tumacácori National Historical Park Arizona The beauty and ruins here share the tales of a place where cultures met clashed and mixed Today Tumacácori hosts special events throughout the year for visitors to learn about the natural historical and cultural stories of this wonderful place La Fiesta de Tumacácori an annual celebration of the traditional creations of the cultures that lived in the

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/exploring-hispanic-cultures-through-arts (2016-02-12)
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  • September In Case You Missed It | National Park Foundation
    light We marked the 14th anniversary of September 11 and shared ways you could observe the day from volunteering to visiting Flight 93 National Memorial Melanie Mendez Gonzales one of bloggers who joined us on last year s American Latino Expedition ALEx14 reflected on the trip and how the expedition has since changed her life She stated When I returned from ALEx14 experiencing the outdoors became a calling a necessity and a passion that I wanted to share with my family The 22nd annual National Public Lands Day was on September 26 and we joined parks across the country in the largest single day volunteer effort for public lands We were thrilled to introduce the 8 social media superstars who will be joining us on the Find Your Park Expedition in October The beginning of the school year had us reminiscing on the thrill of field trips so we collected a few exciting ideas for engaging students from kindergarten to 12th grade Travel Ideas This year Sequoia commemorates its 125th anniversary and Kings Canyon turns 75 With such grand milestones being celebrated we posted 7 can t miss activities to enjoy in the parks Hot Off the Press This month we announced our support of the White House Youth Initiative Every Kid In A Park and celebrated the incredible work made possible in national parks through corporate support Gettin Social With It The most popular Facebook post this month invited the community to help wish beautiful Assateague Island National Seashore a happy 50th birthday and our top tweet on Twitter which was retweeted by Bill Nye himself shared the final call for The Centennial Project submissions Meanwhile on Instagram the national park community adored this post from Katmai National Park and Preserve by photographer Drew Hamilton What are you enjoying

    Original URL path: http://wwww.nationalparks.org/connect/blog/september-case-you-missed-it (2016-02-12)
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