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  • Celebrate Summertime With National Park Foundation’s Summer Scrapbook Contest | National Park Foundation
    of the National Park Foundation Using our Summer Scrapbook you can have fun exchanging national park stories with friends family and fellow national park visitors and encourage even more people to visit and support these treasured places This year s Summer Scrapbook categories are Fun with Friends and Family Celebrations and Achievements Inspirational Moments Action and Adventure Hidden Gems and Surprises Making a Difference Throwback Learning and Discovery All participants who submit content to the Summer Scrapbook will be entered to win a trip to Yosemite Anyone who votes for their category favorites will be entered to win a trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton Winners in each category will receive a national park prize pack filled with select Celestron equipment National Park Foundation gear a national parks pass and more Share your favorite national park moments and memories today at www nationalparks org summer The 2014 Summer Scrapbook is sponsored in part by Celestron Prizing and promotion have been provided by Aramark O A R S Xanterra and YosemiteDNC 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 Support Your Parks Help protect and preserve your more than 400 national parks Give 100

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  • Aramark Contributes $400,000 To National Park Foundation In Honor Of National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary | National Park Foundation
    Find Your Park during our Centennial year With this great show of early support Aramark has once again made a leadership gift to bolster America s 401 national parks said Neil Mulholland President and CEO of the National Park Foundation We value their dedication to ensuring the viability of our national parks today and for the next 100 years Aramark has a long history of partnering with the National Park Service to enrich and nourish the experiences of visitors and guests to national parks with innovative hospitality education and recreation programs said Bruce W Fears President of Aramark s Leisure division We are committed to helping preserve America s national parks and are honored to support the National Park Foundation s Centennial Campaign to celebrate the 100 th anniversary of the National Park Service At the center of the Centennial celebration will be a broad public engagement campaign to reintroduce the national parks and the work of the National Park Service to a new generation of Americans inviting them to visit and get involved The two year effort will begin in 2015 and run throughout the National Park Service s 100th anniversary year in 2016 For more information about the National Park Service s Centennial visit www nationalparks org centennial 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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  • National Park Foundation Celebrates Subaru Of America’s $1.4 Million Donation To America’s National Parks | National Park Foundation
    into successful in park programs and initiatives Ranging in size and scope each of the selected parks demonstrated a clear need in which funding would make a profound difference in the areas of habitat restoration wildlife protection and or conservation research Programs made possible through the 2014 Impact Grants include Bat Survey at Fire Island National Seashore New York Fire Island National Seashore will partner with local state and regional organizations as well as Gateway National Recreation Area and Sagamore Hill National Historic Site to participate in the Long Island Century Bat Survey This event is designed to collect important data about rapidly declining bat populations and to educate the public about the current status of bats and how they can help The three national parks will serve as study sites for field research as well as outdoor classrooms for the public who will learn about bats and bat ecology and will become citizen scientists by helping to collect data on bats Habitat Restoration at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument Idaho In August 2010 the Long Butte wildfire burned over 75 of the park This fire along with previous high intensity burns and the subsequent influx of invasive plant species has resulted in low quality habitats HAVENS Project Hagerman Area Vision for Education about Native Species was created in October 2013 to restore areas of low habitat quality located in the park and to increase public understanding of key ecological principles through partnerships and community outreach This project creates hands on educational opportunities for students and visitors to learn about habitat health causes of habitat degradation principles of restoration and best practices for wild land stewardship Pollinator Species Conservation at Manassas National Battlefield Park Virginia In the three miles surrounding Manassas National Battlefield over 9 000 acres of habitat have been developed in the past decade contributing to the habitat loss of our native keystone pollinator species Through this project volunteers and partners will help plant native wildflower pollinator seed mixes designed specifically to increase foraging and nesting materials for pollinators Doing this will help offset habitat loss assist wildlife adaptation to the changing land use conditions and improve the conditions of our grass and shrub land habitats to reach their full ecological potential The entire list of the 2014 Impact Grants recipients receiving funding thanks to Subaru s support includes Crater Lake National Park OR El Malpais El Morro National Monuments NM Fire Island National Seashore NY Gateway National Recreation Area NY NJ George Washington Birthplace National Monument VA Great Egg Harbor National Scenic Recreational River NJ Guadalupe Mountains National Park TX Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument ID Manassas National Battlefield Park VA A listing of these parks and their project descriptions can be found on the National Park Foundation website 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

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  • 14 National Parks Receive Impact Grants Thanks To Disneynature’s “Bears” | National Park Foundation
    but these habitats are severely impacted by invasive plant species This project will allow for invasive plant removal seed collection propagation and planting of native species and educational outreach Frog Conservation at Yosemite National Park California The Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog Rana sierrae was once the most abundant vertebrate in the mountains of California but steep population declines during the past century have pushed this species to the brink of extinction The park will tag and radio track frogs to identify critical habitats and movement corridors These efforts will improve the effectiveness of conservation actions undertaken to recover this frog The entire list of the 2014 Impact Grants recipients receiving funding thanks to Disneynature s support includes Bryce Canyon National Park UT Capitol Reef National Park UT Congaree National Park SC Coronado National Memorial AZ Cumberland Gap National Historical Park KY TN VA Dinosaur National Monument CO UT Great Smoky Mountains National Park NC TN Hawai i Volcanoes National Park HI Little River Canyon National Preserve AL Mammoth Cave National Park KY National Park Service RTCA Florida Field Office FL Rocky Mountain National Park CO Wupatki National Monument AZ Yosemite National Park CA A listing of these parks and their project descriptions can be found on the National Park Foundation website 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 BEARS In an epic story of breathtaking scale Disneynature s True Life Adventure Bears showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life s most important lessons Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold The world outside is exciting but risky as the cubs playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches As the season changes from spring to summer the brown bears must work hard to find food ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run while staying safe from rival male bears and predators including an ever present wolf pack Bears captures the fast moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet s last great wildernesses Alaska Directed by Alastair Fothergill Earth African Cats and Chimpanzee and Keith Scholey African Cats ABOUT DISNEYNATURE Disneynature was launched in April 2008 Its mission is

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  • 10 Ways To Celebrate Memorial Day In Your National Parks | National Park Foundation
    at Independence National Historical Park Pennsylvania with activities and presentations throughout the day Remembering the lives lost in the first battle of the U S Mexican War at Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park Texas one of our American Latino Heritage Fund sites Paying tribute to America s fallen troops from the War of 1812 to today at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve s Chalmette National Cemetery Louisiana Reflecting on the sacrifices of this nation s military personnel at Shiloh National Military Park Tennessee by listening to living historians as they interpret wars from colonial times to today Visiting the numerous sites at National Mall Memorial Parks Washington D C and taking time to remember the contributions and service of American veterans both at home and abroad Recognizing the valiant dedication of the first African American military pilots in World War II at Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Alabama one of our African American Experience Fund sites Joining Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Maryland as they pay tribute to the graves of fallen War of 1812 Civil War World War I and II and Korean War veterans Honoring of the lives of ordinary passengers and crew members who joined together for an extraordinary act of selflessness at Flight 93 National Memorial Pennsylvania Exploring the Lincoln Memorial online through an interactive website that showcases the memorial and park ranger reflections on its history Watching PBS s live National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday May 25 from 8 00 to 9 30 p m ET and enjoying the musical tributes by groups such as the U S Army Chorus U S Navy Band Sea Chanters and the U S Air Force Singing Sergeants To find even more events in national parks near you visit the National Park Service

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  • NPF Provides More Than $640,000 To Connect Diverse, Underserved, And Under-Engaged Populations With America’s National Parks | National Park Foundation
    inspire youth to pursue advanced education and land management careers LEAF Project at Congaree National Park South Carolina Minority youth interns will help national park staff and partners from Old Growth Bottomland Forest Research and Education Center and the Columbia Museum of Art engage over 1 100 local third grade students including many minority low income and first time visitors in an integrated art and science of soil program called the LEAF project Linking Ecology and Art of Floodplains Through this project students will take part in hands on learning about flooding erosion deposition and more ADA Accessibility Project at Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac George Washington Memorial Parkway Washington D C Civil rights legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act has had a profound impact on many people s lives In honor of the 50 th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act in July 2014 the Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac will work with deaf and hard of hearing students from Gallaudet University to create a civil rights themed digital media interpretive educational tool for people who are deaf or hard of hearing Multi generational Program at Virgin Islands National Park Virgin Islands Passing the To r ch Student Ambassadors of Caribbean Culture is designed to help elders pass on traditional knowledge about plants and trees to the younger generation Elders will hold craft classes once a week for several months and once the students become proficient in the crafts they will then participate in the cultural demonstrations that the park conducts at Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins and at the Cinnamon Bay campground The National Park Foundation wishes to thank The Ahmanson Foundation Chapman Hanson Foundation the Fernandez Pave the Way Foundation and Subaru for their generous support of the America s Best Idea program The entire list of the 2014 America s Best Idea grantees is as follows Big South Fork National River Recreation Area KY TN Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site KS Bryce Canyon National Park UT Canyon de Chelly National Monument AZ Cape Cod National Seashore MA Cape Lookout National Seashore NC Congaree National Park SC Denali National Park Preserve AK Everglades National Park FL Flagstaff Area National Monuments AZ George Washington Carver National Monument MO Glacier National Park MT Glen Canyon National Recreation Area AZ UT Grand Teton National Park WY Great Sand Dunes National Park Preserve CO Independence National Historical Park PA Jefferson National Expansion Memorial MO Jimmy Carter National Historic Site GA Katmai National Park and Preserve AK Kobuk Valley National Park AK Lincoln Home National Historic Site IL Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac VA Mississippi National River Recreation Area MN Moores Creek National Battlefield NC Mount Rainier National Park WA National Capital Region DC Olympic National Park WA Point Reyes National Seashore CA President s Park White House DC Prince William Forest Park VA Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park CA Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway WI

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  • NPF Grants More Than $700,000 To Protect And Establish Trails In America’s National Parks | National Park Foundation
    efforts to maintain and enhance the 17 000 miles of land and water trails across the National Park System Since 2008 the National Park Foundation has granted nearly 2 4 million through its Active Trails program To date Active Trails has engaged more than 5 900 volunteers and 327 project partners who combined have contributed more than 30 000 hours to help promote refurbish or build national park trails that were ultimately enjoyed by 331 000 visitors The National Park Foundation s Active Trails program provides vital funding that supports our national parks as centers of healthy outdoor activity for families and communities across the nation said National Park Service Director Jonathan B Jarvis The land and water trails maintained by the National Park Service invite visitors to explore natural and cultural beauty and these grants will expand these great opportunities to even more visitors The National Park Foundation wishes to thank The Coca Cola Company The Coca Cola Foundation Disney the Scrooby Foundation and Subaru for their generous support of the Active Trails program The 2014 Active Trails grantees include Appalachian National Scenic Trail Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area Assateague Island National Seashore Baltimore National Heritage Area Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area Booker T Washington National Monument Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Buffalo National River Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area Cane River Creole National Historical Park Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site Chickasaw National Recreation Area Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park Essex National Heritage Area Flagstaff Area National Monuments Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Fort Stanwix National Monument Gateway National Recreation Area Grand Teton National Park Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site Kings Mountain National Military Park Lake Clark National Park and Preserve Lassen Volcanic National Park Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office Nez Perce National Historical Park Olympic National Park Oregon National Historic Trail and California National Historic Trail Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park River Raisin National Battlefield Park Rock Creek Park Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks Timpanogos Cave National Monument Wheeling National Heritage Area For more information on the National Park Foundation and how you can 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

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  • National Park Foundation And Disney Join Together To Open Outdoors For Kids | National Park Foundation
    getting outdoors As part of this 1 million commitment Disney will provide up to 250 000 as a dollar for dollar match for public donations made at www OpenOutDoorsForKids org With only 10 someone can open an out door and a new world of possibilities inspiration and adventure for a young person Our national parks provide transformative life changing experiences that everyone deserves to have especially the many kids who will never have this opportunity without our help said Neil Mulholland President and CEO of the National Park Foundation We are excited to have the support of Disney to make this program a reality Together we are committed to getting 100 000 kids outdoors active and in our national parks in the next year alone and growing that number exponentially in the years to come Conserving nature begins with experiencing the magic of the great outdoors said Kevin Callahan Vice President of Community Engagement and Strategic Philanthropy at Disney Disney is proud to work in collaboration with the National Park Foundation to make a park experience possible for kids all across the country helping to build memories in nature and sparking a curiosity about conservation that will last a lifetime In a recent survey supported by Disney 83 of U S parents recognize that time in nature can lead to improvement in the classroom Kids who have opportunities for hands on place based educational experiences are more engaged and enthusiastic about learning across a wide range of subjects including environmental studies cultural history social studies as well as science math engineering and technology STEM Yet with cutbacks in school funding for field trips and other barriers to access kids today have fewer opportunities for experiential learning in nature and at sites of historical significance Through strategic grants supporting proven in park programs Open OutDoors for Kids will Provide transportation programming and free entry to the parks for children and teachers to experience hands on immersive learning Connect kids and families to the parks through engaging thoughtful cultural programs that establish emotional ties to the parks Encourage active healthy lifestyles through recreational and restoration activities Create educational opportunities by using our national parks the world s largest outdoor classrooms to provide the ultimate learning environments and living laboratories To support and learn more about the Open OutDoors for Kids initiative visit www OpenOutDoorsForKids org For more information about the National Park Foundation visit www nationalparks org Sources The Nature Conservancy Report from the Place based Education Evaluation Collaborative and The Atlantic Study Students Really Do Learn Stuff on Field Trips September 2013 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

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