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  • @GoParks Expedition Connects Diverse Audiences To America’s National Parks [CONTEST] | National Park Foundation
    to experience our national parks explore how they re relevant to our lives as individuals and as a collective society and share their adventures along the way with friends and family said Will Shafroth president and CEO of the National Park Foundation The expedition is a great example of the important role that public private partnerships play in inspiring more people to find their park Thanks to support from Find Your Park premier partner REI and through partnerships with Aramark and Columbia Sportswear expenses including transportation and lodging will be covered and outdoor gear will be provided You can read quotes from each of the National Park Foundation partners and find out why they feel it s important to support the expedition on the National Park Foundation s blog today We re very delighted Mesa Verde was chosen for the Find Your Park Expedition and look forward to welcoming the participants said Cliff Spencer superintendent of Mesa Verde National Park Southwest Colorado has a rich cultural history and spectacular vistas that make it a great fall destination The 2015 expedition is an expanded take on the American Latino Expedition a program of the American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation In its third year the expedition will raise awareness about all that the National Park System has to offer including careers with the National Park Service In addition the experience will redefine the word park Beyond vast landscapes the expedition will bring attention to historical urban and cultural parks as well as National Park Service programs that protect preserve and share America s collective heritage in communities nationwide 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

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  • National Park Foundation Appoints Will Shafroth As President And CEO | National Park Foundation
    people especially young people who represent the rich diversity of our country feel welcome and engaged in their parks and public lands Will has dedicated his career to conservation and has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to the preservation of our country s natural resources through the forging of public private partnerships the tradition upon which our national parks are based and the model to which we must look as we plan for the next 100 years of these national treasures said National Park Foundation board of directors vice chair Ellen S Alberding He will be an outstanding ally to the national parks and leader for the Foundation as together we work to protect these special places and forge deep connections to them for the next generation of park stewards Will is a proven leader devoted to providing and improving outdoor recreational opportunities for everyone said National Park Service Director Jonathan B Jarvis We will all benefit from his ability to connect supporters to national parks especially as we approach the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 I look forward to once again working closely with him Shafroth brings more than three decades of experience working to advance conservation and outdoor recreation In his most recent appointment at the Department of the Interior he served as Secretary Ken Salazar s Counselor for America s Great Outdoors In that role he was responsible for developing and executing a 21st century conservation and recreation agenda for America s land water and wildlife His leadership on the President s America s Great Outdoors initiative focused significantly on reconnecting people to the outdoors Shafroth served as acting assistant secretary and principal deputy assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior While at Interior Shafroth worked closely with the National Park Service on a broad range of budget policy and program initiatives represented Secretary Salazar on the board of the National Park Foundation and served as Acting Commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor Prior to his work at Interior Shafroth served as executive director of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Colorado Conservation Trust and chairman of the Land Trust Alliance and Resources Legacy Fund I am honored to join the National Park Foundation s distinguished board of directors passionate staff and extensive network of supporters at such an exciting time for America s national parks said Will Shafroth I look forward to working with partners all across the country to make our national parks America s best idea even better for the next century and beyond For more information about the National Park Foundation s mission and work please visit www nationalparks org For more information on the Find Your Park movement visit FindYourPark 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

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  • National Park Foundation Grants Nearly $460,000 To Connect Local Communities To Parks | National Park Foundation
    move into the second century of the National Park Service and look to connect all people to America s treasured places through our Find Your Park movement programs like Active Trails are engaging people across the country and helping them find their own unique connections to parks Since 2008 the National Park Foundation has granted more than 2 8 million through its Active Trails program As of 2014 Active Trails has engaged more than 11 000 volunteers and 579 project partners who combined have contributed more than 60 000 hours to help promote refurbish or build national park trails Trails are literal pathways to better health said National Park Service Director Jonathan B Jarvis These National Park Foundation grants will help protect restore and create trails in national parks both urban and rural that are essential to our physical and mental health as places of recreation inspiration and reflection Projects made possible through the 2015 Active Trails program include Improving Tanalian Trail at Lake Clark National Park and Preserve Alaska Lake Clark National Park and Preserve will partner with local and regional organizations to make trail tread improvements and install rest benches to help ensure that the trails provide enjoyment and accessibility to all visitors including local residents disabled and wounded veterans and Alaska Native and non native rural youth Introducing the local Latino community to hiking at Lassen Volcanic National Park California In partnership with Latino Outreach of Tehama County LOTC and Latino Outdoors Lassen Volcanic National Park will invite the local Latino community to participate in their Reach Higher Trail Challenge which encourages visitors to hike a greater number and variety of the park s more than 150 miles of trails develop an awareness of the health benefits of hiking and connect fitness with food choices Hosting healthy living events at Rock Creek Park Washington DC Rock Creek Park and Rock Creek Conservancy will work with several partner organizations to offer a series of events that will give people the opportunity to experience a full spectrum of activities at the park including trash cleanups train maintenance yoga bird watching biking dog walks Zumba tree planting and more The entire list of the 2015 Active Trails recipients can be found here The National Park Foundation wishes to thank The Coca Cola Company and Subaru of America for their generous support of the Active Trails program ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE More than 20 000 National Park Service employees care for America s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close to home recreational opportunities Learn more at www nps gov 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

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  • National Park Foundation Announces the 2014 “Share the Experience” Photo Contest Winners | National Park Foundation
    sunset during a weekend trip to Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco Third place went to Jordan Moore of San Marcos TX for his photo of a lone bison in front of Yellowstone Lake flanked by snow capped mountains at Yellowstone National Park Celestron a leading optics manufacturer and the world s 1 telescope maker is proud to once again be a part of this year s contest The grand prize for the winning image is 10 000 followed by 5 000 and 3 000 for second and third place in addition to outdoor gear provided by Celestron hotel packages courtesy of Historic Hotels of America and an annual Federal Recreational Lands Pass There are also prizes for fan favorites and the following six category winners Adventure and Outdoor Recreation Historical and Cultural Scenic Seasons and Landscapes Every Kid in a Park formerly known as Let s Move Wildlife Night Skies A complete list of 2014 winners and their photos are available for viewing at www nationalparks org photowinners Share the Experience is the official photo contest of America s national parks and federal recreational lands The 2015 contest is sponsored by the National Park Foundation ACTIVE Network and Celestron in partnership with the National Park Service the Bureau of Land Management the Bureau of Reclamation the U S Fish and Wildlife Service the U S Forest Service and Recreation gov The contest entries showcase the more than 500 million acres of federal lands and draws entries from all across the United States The 2015 Share the Experience photo contest is now accepting entries through December 31 For a full listing of prizing and rules or to submit a photo please visit www sharetheexperience org 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 the national park community at www nationalparks org ABOUT CELESTRON Celestron is a leading designer manufacturer and importer of high quality optical products including computerized and non computerized telescopes and related accessories outdoor devices binoculars spotting scopes and microscopes Since manufacturing its first telescope in 1960 Celestron has grown to become the world s 1 telescope maker and enjoys brand name recognition among serious amateur astronomers for superior optics outstanding design and innovative technology Celestron s extraordinary products continue to receive numerous industry and consumer media accolades adding to an already impressive list that includes awards for product innovation from Reader s Digest Popular Science PC Magazine Popular Mechanics the Consumer Electronics Association and more Celestron is a privately held company with corporate offices and manufacturing facilities in Torrance

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  • David Rubenstein To Donate $5.37 Million To The National Park Foundation To Restore U.S. Marine Corps ‘Iwo Jima’ Memorial | National Park Foundation
    and preserve the freedoms we enjoy I hope this gift enables visitors to the Iwo Jima Memorial to better appreciate the beauty and significance of this iconic sculpture and inspires other Americans to support critical needs facing our national park system David Rubenstein said The memorial was officially dedicated by President Dwight D Eisenhower on November 10 1954 the 179th anniversary of the U S Marine Corps The Marine Corps War Memorial stands as a symbol of this grateful Nation s esteem for the honored dead of the U S Marine Corps While the statue depicts one of the most iconic photos of World War II the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States since 1775 We are grateful for Mr Rubenstein s patriotism and generous donation to the National Park Foundation that will ensure this significant memorial continues to honor our fallen and inform public understanding of the cost and nature of their nation s expeditionary force in readiness Major General Michael R Regner said As the official charity of America s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service the National Park Foundation received the gift that will make this restoration at the memorial possible Mr Rubenstein s transformative gift is an inspiring example of the unique connections individuals have with their national parks and the important role that public private partnerships play in ensuring that the places honoring our history and heritage are protected and preserved now and for future generations said Dan Wenk interim president of the National Park Foundation We are grateful for Mr Rubenstein s continued support of America s national parks and we believe it will serve as inspiration for other donors to leave their own legacy through gifts that bolster national parks across the country From its inception the National Park System has benefited from private support Many of the earliest national parks were the direct beneficiaries of generous philanthropists who stepped forward to keep the national parks beautiful vital and accessible As part of its commitment to the National Park Service Centennial in 2016 the National Park Foundation is embarking on a national fundraising campaign dedicated to raising private support for America s national parks In addition in celebration of the milestone centennial anniversary the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation launched the Find Your Park movement a public awareness and education campaign inspiring all people to connect with celebrate and support America s national parks protecting and enriching them for future generations Find Your Park highlights the National Park Service s important work and invites people to discover their own unique connections to parks and National Park Service programs ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE More than 20 000 National Park Service employees care for America s 407 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close to home recreational opportunities Learn more at www nps gov ABOUT

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  • National Park Foundation And Disney To Connect 500,000 Kids With National Park Experiences By 2017 | National Park Foundation
    supports the Every Kid in a Park initiative by eliminating barriers that prevent America s youth from visiting their national parks Announced by President Obama in February Every Kid in a Park is geared toward introducing America s youth and their families to public lands and waters The national program seeks to connect four million fourth graders with these treasured places in the 2015 16 academic year coinciding with the National Park Service Centennial celebration The more kids are exposed to the great outdoors the more they appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature said Kevin Callahan vice president of Community Engagement and Strategic Philanthropy at Disney Disney congratulates the National Park Service for opening the outdoors to kids and families for nearly 100 years We are proud to work with National Park Foundation to make even more park experiences possible inspiring lifelong conservation values for generations to come The Find Your Park movement is a public awareness and education campaign that celebrates the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and sets the stage for the national parks next 100 years Disney is a premier sponsor of the campaign Find Your Park invites the public to see that a national park can be more than just a place it can be a feeling or a state of mind Further Find Your Park encourages people to find their own personal connections within the network of national parks and National Park Service programs 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

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  • Find Your Park During National Park Week | National Park Foundation
    also a fun and interactive quiz to help people jumpstart their journey Share Your Story Your story could inspire others to discover their park The public is invited to share their story on social media using FindYourPark and at FindYourPark com The website features an interactive gallery of inspirational stories from the general public National Park Service employees and celebrities People can also enter The Centennial Project contest Take Advantage of Free Admission Days All National Park Service entrance fees will be waived on the opening weekend of National Park Week April 18 and 19 While the majority of national parks provide free entrance every day of the year the 128 parks that normally charge an admission fee will also be free to enter that weekend Become a Junior Ranger On April 18 visitors can celebrate National Junior Ranger Day by taking part in special family friendly activities at many national parks including Ocmulgee National Monument Eisenhower National Historic Site Booker T Washington National Monument Biscayne National Park Great Smoky Mountains National Park George Washington Birthplace National Monument Grant Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site Olympic National Park Morristown National Historical Park and Chamizal National Memorial Attend a Star studded Party Marvel at the incredible dark night sky found in many national parks Great Basin National Park Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Rock Creek Park Cabrillo National Monument and Jimmy Carter National Historic Site will all host astronomy programs and star viewing opportunities during National Park Week Take part in the FindYourParkInstaMeet From 2 00 to 4 00pmET on April 19 parks across the country including Grand Teton National Park Everglades National Park Golden Gate National Recreation Area Fort Vancouver National Historic Site Great Smoky Mountains National Park New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Independence National Historical Park and Statue of Liberty National Monument will participate in the Find Your Park InstaMeet You can join in the fun from wherever you are using the hashtags FindYourParkInstaMeet and FindYourPark and tagging NationalParkService and GoParks on Instagram Celebrate Earth Day This year is the 45 th anniversary of Earth Day and national parks are some of the best places to honor the day John Muir National Historic Site Cape Cod National Seashore and Dinosaur National Monument are some of the parks hosting special Earth Day themed events Join the Revolution Participate in three days of events at Minute Man National Historical Park to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the American Revolutionary War Events include battle demonstrations musket firings drills battle demonstrations speeches and other ceremonies Be a VIP Volunteer in Park Lend a hand to care for your parks Volunteer projects happening during National Park Week include a trail project at National Capital Parks East habitat restoration at Cuyahoga Valley National Park tree planting at Flight 93 National Memorial and a river float and clean up at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE More than 20 000 National Park Service employees care for America s 407 national

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  • La Compañía De Producción Y Colaboracin-Abierta De Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hitrecord,Celebra #EncuentraTuParque Con Innovador Contenido Digital | National Park Foundation
    de unir a una nueva generación de artistas y parques los proyectos finales que resulten de este esfuerzo ofrecerán a todos los americanos nuevas y creativas perspectivas de los parques nacionales la mejor idea de América hitRECord nos conectará con algunas de las mentes más creativas quienes a su vez ayudarán a inspirar a personas de todas partes a encontrar su parque a través del arte explicó el presidente interino de la Fundación de Parques Nacionales Dan Wenk Además Esta colaboración nos permitirá apoyar nuestro movimiento de una manera que resuene con sus pasiones gracias a esta dinámica cadena de artistas Los miembros de hitRECord pueden compartir sus ideas e historias en redes sociales utilizando EncuentraTuParque y presentar su contenido en hitRECord org Después de que la comunidad de hitRECord colabore en las 15 ideas principales los trabajos finales serán distribuidos a través de varios canales y compartidos en el sitio EncuentraTuParque com El mensaje de la campaña pública de Encuentra tu Parque invita a los americanos a descubrir y conectarse con los 407 parques nacionales mientras el Servicio de Parques Nacionales se prepara para celebrar su centésimo aniversario en el 2016 Encuentra tu Parque incluye una cadena de programas exhibiciones eventos promociones y actividades públicas a lo largo del 2015 y 2016 que motivará a todos a encontrar su parque La campaña incluye televisión medios impresos internet publicidad exterior así como radio además de imágenes de los parques nacionales también se apoya a través de relaciones públicas y redes sociales La campaña ha atraído a voluntarios de gran nivel incluyendo a los embajadores del centenario Bill Nye científico Bella Thorne actriz de tv y películas Roselyn Sánchez actriz de tv y películas Terrence J personalidad de TV and Mary Lambert cantante compositora y activista de los derechos LGBT La Fundación de Parques Nacionales trabaja con GREY NY una de las principales agencias de publicidad y comunicación del mundo para desarrollar e implementar la campaña integrada GREY Activation PR desarrolló la iniciativa entre hitRECord y la Fundación de Parques Nacionales Para más información visita EncuentraTuParque com y hitRECord org SOBRE hItRECord hitRECord es la compañía de producción y colaboración abierta fundada y dirigida por el actor y artista Joseph Gordon Levitt hitRECord crea y desarrolla arte y medios masivos utilizando su página web donde cualquiera persona con una conexión internet puede subir sus producciones descargar y mezclar otras producciones así como trabajar en proyectos juntos Cuando los resultados de estas producciones RECords se producen comercialmente y generan dinero hitRECord divide las ganancias 50 50 con todos los que contribuyeron a la producción final hitRECord ha publicado libros sacado discos salido de gira y exhibido su trabajo en festivales mayores incluyendo Sundance y TIFF Recientemente la comunidad de más de 350 000 artistas de hitRECord ha trabajado arduamente en la producción de la segunda temporada de su serie ganadora del premio Emmy Hit Record en la TV con Joseph Gordon Levitt un programa de variedad de media hora que incluye cortometrajes

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