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  • 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting Will Be December 3 | National Park Foundation
    833 6777 The National Christmas Tree Lighting presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation is a great example of the countless ways there are to find your park Launched in March 2015 Find Your Park Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people to connect with celebrate and support America s national parks and community based programs Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Service s next 100 years Find Your Park invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation s natural landscapes vibrant culture and rich history Additional information including talent announcements and coverage logistics for news media will happen at a later date For more information visit www thenationaltree org ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE More than 20 000 National Park Service employees care for America s 408 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close to home recreational opportunities The National Park Service has cared for the White House and its grounds since 1933 President s Park which includes the Ellipse and Lafayette Park was officially included in the national park system in 1961 Visit us at www nps gov on Facebook www facebook com nationalparkservice Twitter www twitter com natlparkservice and YouTube www youtube com nationalparkservice ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service Chartered by Congress in 1967 the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes vibrant culture and rich history and INSPIRE the next

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  • Explore 24+ National Parks Near 24 U.S. Cities [GUIDE] | National Park Foundation
    close to home places Featuring natural cultural and historical parks and a variety of park experiences the National Park Foundation s Urban Playgrounds guide highlights the essence of the Find Your Park Encuentra Tu Parque movement Suggestions include Go for a paddle at Big Thicket National Preserve near Houston Texas Take an evening ferry at Alcatraz Island near San Francisco California Experience the War of 1812 at River Raisin National Battlefield Park near Detroit Michigan Enjoy a bike ride along the water at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area in St Paul Minnesota Venture to the top of the arch at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St Louis Missouri Learn about America s labor movement at Pullman National Monument in Chicago Illinois See New York Harbor from Lady Liberty s crown at Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York NY Admire wildflowers around the lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument near San Diego California Hike past magnificent vistas on your way to a hidden underground world at Timpanogos Cave National Monument near Salt Lake City Utah Try out waterside camping at Biscayne National Park near Miami Florida Urban Playgrounds is the sixth special edition in the National Park Foundation s popular and FREE Owner s Guide series When visitors download their copy of the guide they ll also have access to other national park guides highlighting great places to stay romantic destinations adventures for kids of all ages and more ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service Chartered by Congress in 1967 the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts CONNECT all Americans with their

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  • 8 Winners Selected for @GoParks Expedition Contest Connecting Diverse Audiences To National Parks | National Park Foundation
    visit Southwest Colorado and experience the rich cultural history of the Four Corners region The National Park Foundation s 2015 Find Your Park Expedition participants are Andia Winslow of New York NY Andia Yale alumna and founder of The Fit Cycle is a professional golfer master certified fitness professional sports performance coach and TV personality Her innovative fitness and wellness efforts have been recognized globally She loves heavy beats and good riffs and works to inspire folks to harmonize their bodies with their environments Andrew Lin of Powell OH Andrew enjoys watching Game of Thrones and playing video games but more than anything else he has cultivated a deep passion for the wilderness His time spent in the wilderness has brought him so much wonder joy and peace that he now films and hosts the YouTube series Adventure Archives Casey Schreiner of Los Angeles CA Casey is the founder and editor in chief of Modern Hiker California s most read hiking blog After moving to Southern California from New England Casey was inspired by the Santa Monica and San Gabriel Mountains and created the site to share information and inspiration with hikers of all ability levels and backgrounds Javier Gonzalez of Austin TX Javier is a Mexican American artist who was brought to the U S by his parents in search of the American Dream at the age of two Through the use of mobile photography Javier captures the vibrant urban landscapes of Central Texas and shares his perspective and passion with others Mara Grace Cortez of Los Angeles CA Mara is lifestyle landscape and travel photographer Although she grew up as a city girl her heart is called to the mountains forests and deserts which is why she spends her free time taking overnight day trips to beautiful scenic places A lot of the inspiration in her life comes from the encounters she has on her travels Mellie Davis of New York NY Mellie is obsessed with travel and exploration She credits her lust for new experiences to her mother who migrated her family from Belize to The Bronx when Mellie was very young On her blog TheFatAppleNYC com she shares her life with her readers and writes about plus size fashion NYC living restaurant reviews and more Victor Wei of Morris Plains NJ Victor is a recent college graduate who enjoys storytelling photography and adventures He can always be seen driving around with his friends looking for new places and people to photograph He is a big history buff who reads all about the places he visits and loves hearing the stories of others who he connects with Whitney Mitchell of New Orleans LA Whitney is a visual artist and collective impact strategist creatively working to address health disparities in New Orleans Currently she is the lead of Fit NOLA With over eight years experience in cause marketing Whitney draws on the realities of life and its obstacles to create visuals that inspire community movement The 2015 expedition

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  • National Park Foundation Celebrates Corporate Support For National Parks | National Park Foundation
    Monument In 2015 President Obama established Pullman National Monument the first national park in Chicago This monument preserves the incredible story of the Pullman Company the Pullman Porters and the rise of the labor movement in America With the support of our Second Century Club members we are helping to revitalize historic structures create exhibits acquire a museum collection and develop interpretative materials to make Pullman a world class park experience Open OutDoors for Kids Children particularly urban multicultural youth are more disconnected from their natural and cultural heritage than ever before The National Park Foundation is working to identify the barriers they face in accessing their national parks and helping create opportunities for them to experience these incredible places Open OutDoors for Kids is putting nature at the fingertips of today s youth through in person and in classroom experiences You can learn more about Open OutDoors for Kids at www nationalparks org ook 21 st Century Conservation Service Corps Many of our national parks are in dire need of repair and maintenance but they lack the resources and personnel to help address the issues The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps is a national collaborative effort to put America s youth and returning veterans to work supporting our parks This initiative is helping young people gain valuable training and work experience while carrying out needed conservation and restoration work on public lands waterways and cultural heritage sites Active Trails Our Active Trails program promotes and enhances the trails that are managed by the National Park Service while also promoting healthy lifestyles and activities for people who visit the parks The program gets people of all ages out and active on the trails whether hiking kayaking conducting citizen science doing yoga snowshoeing or volunteering to help improve existing trails or to build new ones Second Century Club members enhance and expand the work of the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation As we gear up for the upcoming centennial celebration the National Park Foundation is excited to work with many committed Second Century Club members to support parks and ensure they re not just protected but enriched well into the future The 2014 2015 Second Century Club Champion Level members are American Express Budweiser Subaru of America Inc Humana REI Disney Worldwide Services Inc The Coca Cola Company The Coleman Company Inc Accenture Aramark The Boeing Company CamelBak Celestron Church Dwight Co The Coca Cola Foundation Comcast CSX Transportation GE Lighting Globus family of brands Macy s Inc Motorola Solutions Foundation Nicolas Holiday Inc O A R S Pendleton Woolen Mills The REI Foundation Safeway Salientmg LLC Toad Co Tourism Cares The UPS Foundation Union Pacific Foundation Vacation Races and Walmart Stores ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service Chartered by Congress in 1967 the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres

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  • Investing In America’s Special Places: Strengthening Our Parks For A 2nd Century | National Park Foundation
    A 2nd Century WASHINGTON September 2 2015 Will Shafroth president and CEO of the National Park Foundation the official nonprofit partner to the National Park Service issued the following statement in response to the National Park Service Centennial Act As we celebrate the National Park Service Centennial this is the perfect time to strengthen America s national parks for the next hundred years The increased funding for the Centennial Challenge included in the National Park Service Centennial Act builds on a proven track record and high rate of return for taxpayers In addition the proposed endowment establishes long term support for these special places and the work of the National Park Service Housing this endowment at the National Park Foundation would enable the Foundation to raise private funds to further grow its value and to realize a strong return on investment Both of these funding sources are key supplements to necessary Congressional appropriations and fees When paired with private philanthropy and corporate partnerships they combine to create a successful funding model that will ensure our national treasures receive the support they need and deserve 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

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  • National Park Foundation To Support White House Youth Initiative “Every Kid In A Park” | National Park Foundation
    inviting every fourth grader and their families to enjoy our nation s unrivaled public lands and waters said Secretary Jewell We want to make sure every American has the opportunity to develop a lifelong connection to our nation s land water and wildlife and these Every Kid in a Park transportation grants can help make that happen By connecting fourth graders to our nation s great parks and public lands the Every Kid in a Park initiative will help us build a strong generation of stewards who will care for and protect these treasured places during our next 100 years said National Park Service Director Jonathan B Jarvis Thanks to our philanthropic partner the National Park Foundation fourth graders across the nation will experience the great outdoor and historic classrooms that parks and other public lands provide In order to foster deep connections to America s national parks and all public lands and waters we must introduce our young people to these incredible places early in life said Will Shafroth president and CEO of the National Park Foundation We are proud to support the White House s efforts by providing critical funding through Every Kid in a Park transportation grants Together we can remove obstacles preventing the next generation from interacting with America s public lands To participate in the Every Kid in a Park program fourth graders nationwide can visit www everykidinapark gov and download the pass For more information please visit www everykidinapark gov and follow the program on Twitter everykidinapark on Facebook on Instagram and Youtube ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service Chartered by Congress in 1967 the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT

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  • Find Your Park! Come Celebrate The 99th Birthday Of The National Park Service | National Park Foundation
    Service Director Jonathan B Jarvis And it s also a time to look ahead to our centennial year and the next 100 years These national treasures belong to all of us and we want everyone especially the next generation of park visitors supporters and advocates to discover and connect with their national parks In preparation for the centennial celebration next year the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are partnering to help audiences nationwide Find Your Park Encuentra Tu Parque To encourage visitors to discover everything a park experience can be the list of 99 Ways to Find Your Park includes a wide range of activities from urban hikes and taking a sunrise selfie to earning a Junior Ranger Badge and writing poetry Visitors are encouraged to share their park experiences with friends and family by using FindYourPark or EncuentraTuParque on social media On August 25 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service which preserves and protects 408 sites throughout the country Each one whether it s a national park a historic site or a national seashore was established by a president or Congress to protect preserve and share its national significance for future generations Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders and all provide a place to have fun and learn As we celebrate 99 years of the incredible work of the National Park Service in communities across the country we invite people everywhere to be a part of the Find Your Park movement and discover their own unique connections to parks and their programs said Will Shafroth president and CEO of the National Park Foundation We encourage everyone to join in the birthday fun Take a look at our list of 99 ideas and check off what you ve already done share your experiences with friends and family using FindYourPark and EncuentraTuParque on social media and try something new The National Park Service waived all of its entrance fees on nine days in 2015 The remaining entrance fee free days are August 25 for the National Park Service s birthday September 26 for National Public Lands Day and November 11 in honor of Veterans Day The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping boat launches transportation or special tours To find a national park near you and to learn more about the Find Your Park campaign visit FindYourPark com or EncuentraTuParque com ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service Chartered by Congress in 1967 the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes vibrant culture and rich history and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards Find out more and become a part of

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  • @GoParks Expedición Conecta A Audiencias Diversas A Los Parques Nacionales De Los Estados Unidos [CONCURSO] | National Park Foundation
    Parque iniciado este año Se invita a los milenios influyentes en línea a solicitar en www nationalparks org FYPx la oportunidad de participar en la aventura en el Parque Nacional Mesa Verde en Colorado El período de las solicitudes se extiende hasta el 21 de agosto de 2015 Siga FYPx para ver actualizaciones Al entrar en el segundo siglo del Servicio de Parques Nacionales y tratar de conectar a toda la gente con lugares muy apreciados de los Estados Unidos nos encanta que nuestra expedición dará una vez más a las personas la oportunidad de experimentar nuestros parques nacionales explorar su importancia en nuestras vidas como individuos y como sociedad colectiva y compartir sus aventuras a lo largo del camino con familiares y amigos dijo Will Shafroth presidente y CEO de la Fundación de Parques Nacionales La expedición es un gran ejemplo del importante papel que tienen las asociaciones del sector público y el privado al inspirar a más personas a encontrar su parque Gracias al apoyo de REI socio principal de Encuentra Tu Parque y a través de asociaciones con Aramark y Columbia Sportswear los gastos incluidos transporte y alojamiento estarán cubiertos y se proporcionará equipamiento para actividades al aire libre En el blog de la Fundación de Parques Nacionales puede leer hoy comentarios de cada uno de los socios de la Fundación de Parques Nacionales y averiguar por qué opinan que es importante apoyar la expedición Estamos muy complacidos porque se ha escogido a Mesa Verde para la Expedición Encuentra Tu Parque y esperamos dar la bienvenida a los participantes dijo Cliff Spencer superintendente del Parque Nacional de Mesa Verde El suroeste de Coloradotiene una rica historia cultural y vistas espectaculares que lo convierten en un gran destino para el otoño La expedición de 2015 es una versión ampliada de la American Latino Expedition un programa del American Latino Heritage Fund de la Fundación de Parques Nacionales En su tercer año la expedición creará conciencia sobre todo lo que ofrece el Sistema de Parques Nacionales incluyendo trabajos en el Servicio de Parques Nacionales Además la experiencia redefinirá la palabra parque Más allá de los vastos paisajes la expedición llamará la atención sobre parques históricos urbanos y culturales así como sobre programas del Servicio de Parques Nacionales que protegen preservan y comparten la herencia colectiva de los Estados Unidos en comunidades en todo el país SOBRE LA FUNDACIÓN DE PARQUES NACIONALES La Fundación de Parques Nacionales es la organización benéfica oficial de los parques nacionales de los Estados Unidos y un socio sin fines de lucro del Servicio de Parques Nacionales La Fundación de Parques Nacionales creada por el Congreso en 1967 recauda fondos privados para PROTEGER más de 84 millones de acres de parques nacionales a través de esfuerzos críticos de conservación y preservación CONECTAR a todos los norteamericanos con sus incomparables paisajes naturales su cultura vibrante y su rica historia e INSPIRAR a la próxima generación de protectores de parques Busque más información y sea parte de

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