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  • Celebrate the National Park Service’s 98th Birthday! | National Park Foundation
    value as a society We are thrilled to commemorate another year of the important work that our partners at the National Park Service do every single day and we invite everyone to join in on the fun and celebrate with the entire national park community said Neil Mulholland president and CEO of the National Park Foundation We encourage you to bring your friends and bring your family and help us inspire even more people to connect with and enjoy their national parks There are many ways to join the celebration including Visit a national park There s probably one closer than you think There are 401 national parks throughout the country at least one in every state and all of them will be free to enter on August 25 Entrance fees will also be waived on September 27 for National Public Lands Day and November 11 for Veterans Day Take part in a special event From concerts and special tours to scavenger hunts and birthday cake parks will be celebrating in different ways across the country and you re invited Check the event calendar to find out what s going on near you Sign the National Park Foundation s online birthday card for the National Park Service Share birthday wishes and your favorite national park moments and memories online using the hashtag NationalParks To find even more ideas and events at national parks near you visit www npsbirthday org Also today the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation unveiled a new Centennial logo which will help commemorate the National Park Service s 100 th anniversary in 2016 The logo will be available for partners to license and use on retail products such as clothing souvenir items outdoor gear educational items and more As the Centennial approaches the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are teaming up with partners to present engaging programs events and activities that will support America s national parks The Centennial will also highlight the historic preservation and outdoor recreation work that the National Park Service does in communities across the country every day For more information on the National Park Foundation and how to support and protect America s national parks please visit www nationalparks org For more information on the National Park Service please visit www nps gov ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE More than 20 000 National Park Service employees care for America s 401 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 their incomparable natural landscapes vibrant culture and rich history

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  • National Park Foundation Partners With Go RVing On 2nd Annual American Latino Expedition | National Park Foundation
    and throughout Grand Teton National Park Our national parks are true American treasures and for countless decades RVs have provided an ideal way for visitors to experience all the parks have to offer said James Ashurst vice president of communications and marketing RVIA Go RVing As we look to ensure that the parks remain a vibrant destination for generations to come the American Latino Expedition is an engaging awareness building initiative that supports that goal Through the combined support of Go RVing and the other sponsors we hope that this program will help inspire more and more Americans to consider the national parks when making their future travel plans The Expedition will take place September 7 12 2014 and focus on education park stewardship outdoor recreation careers with the National Park Service and more Participants will meet directly with National Park Service staff Expenses including air travel lodging and most on site tour and excursion fees will be covered by the National Park Foundation and Expedition partners In addition to Go RVing many other partners have joined with the National Park Foundation to make the 2014 American Latino Expedition possible including Aramark REI and Columbia Sportswear To learn more about the work of the American Latino Heritage Fund and how to support these important efforts visit www ALHF org For more information on the National Park Foundation and how to support and protect America s national parks please visit www nationalparks org ABOUT GO RVING The Go RVing Coalition formed in 1994 consists of RV manufacturers component suppliers dealers and campgrounds Go RVing works to provide the public and media with pertinent information about the benefits of RV travel For more information visit www GoRVing com ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation is the official charity of

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  • 70,000+ Kids To Explore National Parks Thanks To 65 Ticket to Ride Grants | National Park Foundation
    and begin a lifelong relationship with their national parks The field trips will be done in collaboration with hundreds of partner organizations including schools youth groups and Friends Groups The 2014 Ticket to Ride grantees include Blue Ridge Parkway North Carolina Students will participate in one of several in park educational programs for their first time strengthening their understanding of and appreciation for Blue Ridge Parkway and helping them connect to the entire National Park System Depending on their grade level students may experience first hand Appalachian culture through traditional tools bartering music and dance explore geology and ecosystems and discover the story of plate tectonics and the creation of Blue Ridge Mountains learn the role the park plays in preserving ecosystems as they explore a meadow forest and stream Brown V Board of Education National Historic Site Kansas Students will rediscover Freedom s Pathway in Topeka Kansas by experiencing the Underground Railroad at the historic Ritchie House learning about Bleeding Kansas and the legislative process at the Kansas State Capitol and exploring how segregation in America was demolished at Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site From territorial conflicts over slavery to the beginning of the civil rights movement with Brown v Board of Education students will experience the rich history of Kansas Colorado National Monument Colorado Although Colorado National Monument is located only a few miles from the cities of Fruita and Grand Junction many students in the local communities have never visited the park Nearly 2 000 students from Title I schools will visit the park to engage in meaningful hands on educational opportunities to study the park s geologic wonders and ecological processes Devils Postpile National Monument California Staff from this national park and their partners will travel with 20 30 Paiute youth from their high desert home to Channel Islands National Park an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean Here they will discover a national park new to each of them They will learn about native plants and specifically how those plants were are used by the Chumash people This project will also integrate multigenerational learning by engaging tribal elders parents grandparents and other family members For the full list of park grantees and their projects visit the Ticket to Ride page on the National Park Foundation website The National Park Foundation wishes to thank Bayer USA Foundation Disney and Subaru of America for their generous support of the Ticket to Ride program For more information on the National Park Foundation and how to support and protect America s national parks please visit www nationalparks org For more information on the National Park Service please visit www nps gov ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE More than 20 000 National Park Service employees care for America s 401 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

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  • 28 National Parks Receive Park Stewards Grants Thanks To University of Phoenix And Subaru Of America | National Park Foundation
    explore new career horizons University of Phoenix is proud to once again support the National Park Foundation in helping build future generations of national park enthusiasts and supporters said Pat Gottfried vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Apollo Education Group parent company of University of Phoenix The University has long supported environmental stewardship in our operations offered sustainability related degree programs and engaged in environmental philanthropy across the nation We welcome the opportunity to continue to reinforce this commitment through our support of the National Park Foundation and the teachers and students it impacts Since 2009 the Park Stewards program has made it possible for 110 high school teachers to work in parks over their summer break creating engaging curriculum to teach to their students in the coming school year During their time in the parks the teachers and park staff also develop service learning projects for students to take part in during the school year The projects tie to state academic standards and make meaningful impacts in the national parks Examples of projects include monitoring water quality creating digital history apps hosting a BioBlitz and designing art sculptures In addition two students from each grantee school team will be selected for summer internships that will help support and grow their interest in national parks and the National Park Service The 2014 Park Stewards grantees are Apostle Islands National Lakeshore WI Assateague Island National Seashore MD Augusta Canal National Heritage Area GA Aztec Ruins National Monument NM Castillo de San Marcos National Monument FL Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park MD Christiansted National Historic Site VI Cuyahoga Valley National Park OH Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park OH Eugene O Neill National Historic Site CA George Rogers Clark National Historical Park IN Grand Canyon National Park AZ Gulf Islands National Seashore FL Harpers Ferry National Historical Park WV Independence National Historical Park PA Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore IN Jefferson National Expansion Memorial MO Knife River Indian Village National Historic Site ND Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park VT Montezuma Castle National Monument AZ New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park MA River Raisin National Battlefield Park MI Rocky Mountain National Park CO Saguaro National Park AZ Saint Gaudens National Historic Site NH Salem Maritime National Historic Site MA San Juan Island National Historical Park WA Shiloh National Military Park TN A listing of these parks and their project descriptions can be found on the National Park Foundation website The National Park Foundation also wishes to thank Subaru of America for their generous support of the Park Stewards program For more information on the National Park Foundation and how to support and protect America s national parks please visit www nationalparks org ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world Flexible schedules relevant and engaging courses and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy

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  • David Rubenstein Donates Lead Centennial Gift Of $12.35 Million To The National Park Foundation To Restore Arlington House | National Park Foundation
    and new trails People who cannot visit in person will enjoy a more robust experience through virtual tours complete with detailed displays of the rooms and museum objects Rubenstein said I am honored to support the National Park Service s renovation of historic Arlington House built in honor of George Washington and located on hallowed ground atop Arlington National Cemetery I hope that upon its restoration Arlington House will appropriately remind visitors of America s rich history and our country s good fortune to have such a unique site to honor our veterans especially those who gave the last full measure of devotion on behalf of this nation The National Park Foundation as the official charity of America s national parks and nonprofit partner of the NPS received the gift that will make the critical projects at the memorial possible Mr Rubenstein has set the tone for a new era of investment in America s national parks For 100 years generous philanthropists have stepped forward to keep the national parks beautiful vital and accessible Rubenstein s donation is the largest gift associated with the NPF s Centennial Campaign In preparation for the milestone anniversary NPS Director Jarvis has asked the NPF to spearhead and implement the Centennial Public Engagement and National Fundraising Campaigns Through these efforts NPS and NPF will celebrate the NPS s centennial and reintroduce the NPS s work and opportunities to a new generation of Americans inviting them to protect America s special places working together to connect all people to their parks and inspiring the next generation of park stewards to visit and get involved with their national parks Mr Rubenstein s transformative philanthropic support will not only restore and rejuvenate Arlington House enlivening it for new audiences but it also provides an inspiring example of how public private partnership is vital to ensure these special places thrive Neil Mulholland president and CEO of the National Park Foundation said America s national parks belong to each and every one of us and as such we share the responsibility to protect and preserve them now and for the next generation The residence of Robert E Lee and his family before the Civil War the story of Arlington House connects to many important figures issues and events in American history Built by George Washington Parke Custis and his slaves between 1802 and 1818 the house and grounds have served many purposes over the last 200 years a family home for the Lees and Custises a plantation estate and home to 63 slaves a monument honoring George Washington a military headquarters for Union troops a community for emancipated slaves and a national cemetery With 650 000 visitors per year Arlington House is the most visited historic house museum in the National Park System ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE More than 20 000 National Park Service employees care for America s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close to

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  • National Park Foundation Shares 26 Awe-Inspiring Places To Stay In National Parks | National Park Foundation
    needs and wants said Neil Mulholland President and CEO of the National Park Foundation Gimme Shelter will inspire both frequent and first time national park visitors to plan unforgettable getaways in America s treasured places The Gimme Shelter guide details when to go why to stay and what you ll pay at national parks across the country Suggestions include Campground perfect for stargazing at Big Bend National Park in Texas Seaside retreat at Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia Hike in ranch at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona Boat in backcountry sites at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota Historic hotel at Yosemite National Park in California Visit www nationalparks org gimmeshelter to download a FREE copy of Gimme Shelter today There visitors will also have access to other great FREE resources from the National Park Foundation including the original Owner s Guide a comprehensive traveler s companion to America s more than 400 national parks In addition the National Park Foundation invites everyone to share their national park moments and memories in its 2014 Summer Scrapbook for a chance to win a dream national park adventure For more information on the National Park Foundation and how to support and protect America s national parks please visit www nationalparks 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

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  • Outstanding Park Ranger, Volunteers, And Former Director Receive Top Awards From The National Park Service And National Park Foundation | National Park Foundation
    started by George Hartzog and carried on today by his wife Helen and embodied by the passionate people giving back to America s national parks Jim Robbins from Catoctin Mountain Park received the Hartzog Individual Volunteer Award Jim has been a driving force in reaching new audiences and forming partnerships that have expanded the park s youth service and educational programs Last year Jim personally contributed more than 500 volunteer hours to Catoctin He was also directly responsible for an additional 2 000 hours donated by church school and civic groups he recruited to help in the park Ashley Burns from George Washington Carver National Monument received the Hartzog Youth Volunteer Award Just 17 years old Ashley has already been a volunteer for seven years In addition to bringing her talent and energy to park operations throughout the year Ashley has developed engaging programs for park special events including Prairie Day Carver Day National Park Week and the Summer Junior Rangers The Coastal Cleanup Corporation from Biscayne National Park received the Hartzog Volunteer Group Award The group is a nonprofit founded by George and Suzy Pappas which addresses the issue of marine debris and its effects on wildlife particularly threatened and endangered sea turtles in the park George and Suzy have provided more than 800 volunteer hours themselves in addition to leading and inspiring more than 400 Alternative Spring Break volunteers who provided 2 500 hours toward shoreline cleanup in the park Last year the Coastal Cleanup Corporation removed more than 12 000 pounds of marine debris from sea turtle nesting beaches The FRESH Flat Rock Exceptional Sandburg Helpers group from Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site received the Hartzog Volunteer Youth Group Award Last year 44 youth volunteers between the ages of 11 and 15 provided care for the descendants of Mrs Sandburg s champion dairy goat herd that live in the park The youth spent 1 560 hours working with the park s staff and other volunteers including 4H mentors They learned about the goats and the history of the dairy goat industry The youth handled and groomed the goats fed them cleaned their stalls and explained their history and role at the site Their efforts provided 8 000 park visitors with insight into a unique aspect of the park They also continued Mrs Sandburg s tradition of showing the goats and earned a couple of first places in a state fair Cabrillo National Monument received the Hartzog Park Volunteer Program Award Under the leadership of Park Ranger Tavio del Rio the park s volunteer program has more than doubled since 2010 Last year nearly 400 VIPs Volunteers In Parks logged about 12 000 hours The influx of new volunteers has bolstered existing programs and allowed the park to provide new opportunities Dynamic volunteer based accomplishments include the formation of the Cabrillo National Monument Conservancy a nonprofit park friends group the expansion of the Tidepool Protection Education Restoration Program the establishment of the Dusty Socks Club to promote

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  • National Park Foundation Announces 2nd Annual American Latino Expedition To Connect Diverse Audiences To America’s National Parks | National Park Foundation
    brings their own distinct cultural background and family traditions whenever they experience these treasured areas said David Vela superintendent of Grand Teton National Park Through the 2014 American Latino Expedition and its social media bloggers we are poised to inspire and educate Latino communities about the relevancy and value of national parks and provide a journey to explore their heritage and contributions found within the National Park System As a company dedicated to enriching the national park experience we re proud to partner with the National Park Foundation to find new and innovative ways to introduce and encourage people to visit and explore America s parks said Bruce W Fears President of Aramark s Leisure division We re honored to once again support the American Latino Expedition and look forward to welcoming the winners to our property Togwotee Mountain Lodge during their adventure REI is very proud to partner with the National Park Foundation for a second year with the American Latino Expedition team Great gear and apparel from REI and Columbia will help guarantee a comfortable and memorable experience said Myrian Solis Coronel national partnership manager of multicultural marketing at REI We look forward to hearing their amazing adventure in the Grand Teton and hope their stories inspire others to have a lifelong appreciation of the national parks and great outdoors Established in 2011 the American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation works to improve the representation of American Latino heritage in visitors to and the long term stewardship of America s national parks ALHF has provided significant support for the nominations of historic places including César E Chávez National Monument in California and Casa Dra Concha Meléndez Ramírez in Puerto Rico To learn more about the work of the American Latino Heritage Fund and how to support these important efforts visit www ALHF org For more information on the National Park Foundation and how to support and protect America s national parks please visit www nationalparks 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 ARAMARK Aramark NYSE ARMK is in the customer service business across food facilities and uniforms wherever people work learn recover and play United by a passion to serve our more than 270 000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE and the World s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute Learn

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